NFF explain choice of Lagos for Super Eagles

The chief media officer of the Nigeria Football Federation, Ademola Olajire has explained that the decision to move national football team games to Lagos was to take football back to its home.

Olajire, speaking on a live television program in Lagos on Tuesday said the return to Lagos was engineered by Super Eagles head coach, Samson Siasia.

Pic: Ademola Olajire

“You know Siasia was born and bred in Lagos and he also played some of his club football here.

“At the Super Eagles he played lots of national team games here and also scored in his day so he knows how the Lagos fan is moved by the national team playing before them,” Olajire said.

“You have to understand that it is all about atmosphere and presence and that is what playing in Lagos gives to you so we decided to take the chance,” the media officer said.

The Tesilim Balogun Stadium in Lagos, venue of the game sits just 24, 325 people but Olajire says the relatively small size of the will not be much of a problem since the atmosphere is what really matters.

“You know it is better having twenty four thousand people cheering you on for all of 90 minutes with no empty seat in the terrace than play in a stadium with sixty thousand seats with little life of with a lot of empty spaces.

“We actually see Lagos as a new experience for us and with the fans yearning for Super Eagles action which they have not seen in eight years, we believe the Super Eagles will be best for it.”
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