By Jacob Ajom
The 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa would definitely offer the world more than they may have bargain for in terms of team support and cultural identity.
The Mundial would no doubt bring out the best of the diverse peoples of Africa in culture, tradition and the way they do their things.
As the various teams will be battling on the pitch in defense of their sovereignty and national pride, there will be another war on the stands, if what the President General, Nigeria Football and Other Sports Supportersâ€™ Club, Dr Rafiu Ladipo told Sports Vanguard was anything to go by.
In a chat at the National Stadium, Monday, the supporters club icon said, â€œWe will be going with over two hundred trumpets, drums and over 2,000 members will be on the stands whenever the Super Eagles will be playing.â€
He was optimistic that the South African High Commission would make things easy for his members to acquire visas. â€œWe have held meetings with the high commissioner and he has assured us of his cooperation so we are not envisaging any problems getting visas for our members,â€ a confident Ladipo told Sports Vanguard.
He offered some advice to the new Eagles manager, Lars Lagerback. â€œHe should not be sentimental when choosing his team for the Mundial.
â€œFootball is for the youth and those who play regularly. Nigeria has a lot of players all over the world, Lagerback should go round and see that the best represent the country, no sentiments,â€ Ladipo counseled