By Tony Ubani, in South Africa
Nigeria scored a goal outsideÂ the official pitches of FIFA yesterday when they became the first country to open their fans village at the African Village that is meant to galvanize fans and exhibit all the things that make the country thick.
Declaring the village open amidst pomp and pageantry,Â Nigeriaâ€™s Ambassador to South Africa, Dr Buba Marwa urged the Eagles to fly high in the competition to show that Nigeria was truly a giant of Africa. With many Nolloywood stars streaming around, Marwa recounted Nigeriaâ€™s pioneering efforts in the fight to liberate South Africa from the pangs of apartheid.
â€œWe have strong linkages with South Africa. Nigeria played a prominent role against apartheid and they are ever appreciative of Nigeria. The Eagles were the first African country to arrive for the World Cup. Now, Nigeria is the first country to open their Village. I urge the Eagles to also soar high in their next match.
And like the President said when he paid them a visit, I repeat that we must support the team whether they win or sink. But they will not sink (a thunderous ovation followed).Â Otunba Runsewe highlighted the importance of the village and the many actors and actresses that graced the occasion.
He said that Nigeria through tourism has brought the image of the country to the fore and would not relent to see that Nigeriaâ€™s enjoys commendations instead of condemnations in the eyes of the world. The Nigerian supporters provided music while a greater part of the musicians were scheduled to play in the cold weather at night.