Determined to ensure the easeÂ of movement of travelling Nigerian fans to the 2010 World Cup Â Â Â in South Africa, Premium Sports Management Services (PSMS), sole managers of the Naija Fan Village in Durban, has announced plans to roll out 60 buses to take the fans to their various choice destinations during the duration of the soccer fiesta.
In a chat with news men in her Ilupeju office recently, the Managing Director/CEO of PSMS, Ms Nkechi Obi said the 60- seater buses which will operate on a 24 hours basis have been programmed to take fans to and from such tourist destinations like the Durban International Airport, the Durban Beach Front, match venues, and many others.
According to her, the procurement of the buses is to promote unity among the Nigerians fans, while also taking care of their safety while in South Africa. She said that this was just one out of many things being put in place to ensure that the fans had a wonderful experience during the Mundial.
Obi pointed out that the whole essence of the Naija Fan Village was to offer Nigerian fans a uniquely Nigerian atmosphere during the World Cup, as a way of ensuring a truly befitting appearance by Nigeria and the Super Eagles.
In this vein, she said, PSMS has equipped the Naija Fan Village with facilities for the fansâ€™ comfort, standard accommodation made up of 3,500 beds, cafeteria, swimming pool, gymnasium, and a 5,000 capacity outdoor viewing centre with screens to cater for VIP, Fan Club members and general visitors.
Other facilities at the centre which is located 15 minutes away from the cityâ€™s airport and stadium include a church, a mosque, a mini shopping complex, merchandise stands, exhibition stands, match ticket terminals, and several kitchens offering both continental and Nigerian dishes. She hinted that centre is expected to cater for an estimated daily audience of 5,000 persons, a total of between 160,000 and 200,000 persons over the 32 days of the event.
â€œNaija Fan Village is designed to maximize the experience of the World Cup for both the average Nigerian and international football fan, and also serve as an opportunity to project a positive image of NigeriaÂ to one of the most travelled persons in the world.