By; AYO OJEDOKUN Lagos
President General Nigeria Football Supporters Club,(Word Wide), Dr. Rafiu Oladipo has called for fans understanding as the Super Eagles prepare to host Sierra~Leone on Friday in the first leg of their double header Cameroon AFCON 2021 qualifier at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin City.
Dr Oladipo further appealed to football fans in the country not to be angry that they will not have the opportunity of watching the match live, saying earlier this week, the Confederation of African Football (CAF), had ruled that in keeping with the COVID~19 guidlines fans, supporters club and sports writers will not be allowed into the stadium and he believes the decision was taken in the best interest of the fans not to have another spike in the pandemic especially now that the curve have been flattened in the country.
According to him, it would’ve been nice to watch the game live after a very long time of inactivity in contact sports caused by the dreaded virus just as he charged football fans to continue to pray for the team, reminding them that the decision is not from the NFF but CAF and FIFA.
“It’s very painful that fans who have been eagerly awaiting this game will not be opportuned to watch it live especially when one remembers that the match is coming many months after the suspension of contact sports because of COVID~19 pandemic.
Fans should remember that it’s better to stay safe than to end in the grave. They should also exercise patience because very soon things will normalise and they have opportunity of watching live matches”, he stressd.
Oladipo while expressing optimism that the Super Eagles will pick the maximum points on Friday and get at least a draw in the reverse fixture on November 17 in Freetown, charged the players to be 100% committed in both encounters even as he urged all members of the Supporters club and all Nigerian football fans to wear the national colour on Friday in solidarity with the national team.