Despite Eagles’ ouster, fun continues at Lagos viewing centres

Nigeria team (Back row L-R) Nigeria's midfielder John Obi Mikel, Nigeria's defender William Troost-Ekong, Nigeria's defender Leon Balogun, Nigeria's midfielder Victor Moses, Nigeria's midfielder Joel Obi and Nigeria's goalkeeper Francis Uzoho, (Front row L-R) Nigeria's striker Odion Ighalo, Nigeria's defender Shehu Abdullahi, Nigeria's midfielder Alex Iwobi, Nigeria's midfielder Ogenyi Onazi and Nigeria's defender Bryan Idowu line up for a pre-game photograph ahead of the International friendly football match between England and Nigeria at Wembley stadium in London on June 2, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Ian KINGTON

Months before the start of the World Cup in Russia, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode was said to have shared his thought on how best Lagosians could enjoy the greatest sporting fiesta in the world with the Lagos State Sports Commission.

His dream was for fans in the state to have almost the same ambiance, a replica of the mood at World Cup centres.To this end, six World Cup viewing centres that include, the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere; Campos Mini Stadium, Lagos Island; Abesan playground, Alimosho; Naval Yard Ajegunle; Bishop Aggrey Youth Centre, Mushin, and Epe Recreation Centre, were carefully created across selected areas of the state.

To ensure a smooth operation of the centres, the governor provided a public liability insurance cover for the six centres during the period of the World Cup, in addition to providing security, traffic control and general sanitation.With a minimum sitting capacity of 24,500 in all the centres, it can be said that an average of 30,000 Lagos fans usually visit the centres enjoying all the matches courtesy of the magnanimity of the state governor.According to a banker, Mr. Yomi Oriade, “This is quite interesting, and to say the least, Governor Ambode really knows what his people wants and he usually reads our minds.

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