By: Emmanuel Ibitoye
In anticipation of the Super Eagles’ crucial African Cup of Nations (AFCON) semi-finals clash with South Africa today, the Lagos State Government has established a mega viewing centre at Mobolaji Johnson Arena, Onikan. This initiative is part of a broader effort, with 25 viewing centres strategically positioned across the state to encourage residents to partake in the exhilarating African football spectacle that commenced on January 13 in Cote d’Ivoire.
The semi-final encounter with Bafana Bafana at the Stade de la Paix in Bouake marks the fourth tournament meeting, with the Super Eagles emerging victorious in the three previous encounters. The kick-off time is scheduled for 6 pm.
Gbenga Omotoso, the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, conveyed in a statement on Tuesday that creating these viewing centres is paramount, particularly as Lagos boasts the largest base of Super Eagles supporters. Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu expressed his hope for the national team’s triumph, acknowledging the squad’s demonstrated capacity and technical expertise.
Beyond the Mega Viewing Centre at Onikan, other designated centres are distributed across various locations including Agege Stadium, Abesan Sports Centre, Alimosho LGA Secretariat, Agbado-Oke Odo LCDA Secretariat, L.A. Primary School Layeni, Ajeromi-Ifelodun, Anglican Primary School Aradagun, Badagry, New Road Primary School Ajegunle, Femi Gbajabiamila Mini Stadium Coker-Aguda, Surulere, Epe Recreation Centre, Sprite Court Festac, Igando-Ikotun LCDA Secretariat, Onisabe of Igbobi’s Palace Jibowu, Alajede’s Palace Ijede, Oba’s Palace Ijegun, Ikorodu Town Hall, APC Party Secretariat Ketu, Campos Mini Stadium Lagos, Lagos House Car Park Marina, Mushin Public Library, YMD Garden Ojo, Olera Football Pitch Ojokoro Housing Estate, Afolabi Primary School Oshodi, Papa Playing Field Oworonsoki, and Rowe Park Sports Centre Yaba.