A lot of Nigerians love the beautiful round leather game of football, we have a large and healthy bunch of football fans that would go an extra mile in proving that their favourite European football clubs are better than the other. Some spend hours in seeing live games on TV while some even go as far as travelling overseas to watch their favourite teams. While some drool over their favourite clubs, some are interested in watching our local football teams at nearby and far away stadiums. The Nigerian Professional Football League boasts of good footballing club sides, amazing talents, jubilant fans, jaw breaking skills, thrilling matches and a high tactical prowess. Here are reasons why we love to watch our favourite local club sides in beautiful stadia amidst joyful, talented and happy fans;
The Fans Are Ecstatic
Here is something I like about the NPFL league matches, the fans are always in a joyful mood, singing melodious choruses, African chants and favourite club bangers to gear their teams up and to entertain the rest of the crowd. Whether their teams are winning or losing, the fans still play their unique role as the 12th player on the pitch, that player that gives a special impetus into the game-play even when stocks are down.
Celebrating With Fans during Matches
Even as the fans are raising and singing special songs and chants coupled with playing musical instruments (drums, tambourines, trumpets, saxophone etc.), they also help in motivating their players and creating an ecstatic mood in the stadium. One can also join in the celebratory mood while supporting your favourite team or staying neutral. Celebrate good times, c’mon!
Amazing Talents on Display
Arguably, Nigeria is one of the few countries that can boast of a vast array of talents, an opinion which is backed by the various age grade competitions we have won or done well in. From the likes of Yakubu Aiyegbeni to Vincent Enyeama, Mikel Obi to Taiye Taiwo, Ahmed Musa to Odion Ighalo, Gbolahan Salami to Chisom Chikatara, the NPFL has produced an amazing lot of talents and won’t stop producing in the nearest or not to distant future.
Jaw Breaking Skills
Stunning dribbles are constant, amazing reflexes are always on show, breathtaking free-kicks are certainties, tactical expertise are spot on, officiating is fair, counters are effectively utilized, the art of defending and marking are evident, the goals are breathtaking and also world-class.
Creating New Relationships
Football is that sport that brings people of different cultures, tribes, nationalities and traditions together. Creating a new and fruitful relationship with cool and fun loving football fans, male and female alike, is one of the important reasons why we love to go watch an NPFL game.
Relationships create partnerships, and good partnerships create lasting friendships.
Asides these five reasons, security is also guaranteed and top notch, there’s now a large presence of police and other para-military personnels. You could also buy snacks and drinks at the stand while enjoying the beautiful round leather game of football displayed by our local and fantastic teams, in our iconic Stadia.