Following Nigeriaâ€™s loss to Greece in her second Group B match at the ongoing 2010 FIFA World Cup, the Federal Government and Premium Sports Management Services Limited, sole marketers of the Naija Fan Village in Durban, South Africa, have concluded arrangements to fly in 1,000 Nigerian fans to cheer the Super Eagles.
The fans, who were selected from all works of life from across the country, were expected to land in Durban, South Africa, venue of the Super Eagles and the location of the Naija Fan Village, on Sunday June 20 in time for Nigeriaâ€™s last Group B game against South Korea.
Speaking on the development, Ms. Nkechi Obi, MD/CEO of Premium Sports Management Services Ltd. (PSMS) said the move was to ensure that the Super Eagles have all the support they need to excel against the Asian giants, while also giving Nigerians an unforgettable experience during the World Cup.
According to her, being the first FIFA World Cup to be staged in Africa, the governmentâ€™s gesture couldnâ€™t have come at a better time, as Nigeria prepares to celebrate her 50 years of independence. She commended the Federal Government for the initiative, saying that this has shown that it is truly committed to ensuring that the Nigerian team excel at the World Cup.
She expressed the belief that the Naija Fan Village will afford the government a unique opportunity to showcase the country to the world, especially since the tournament coincides with Nigeriaâ€™s jubilee celebrations, adding that this will do the countryâ€™s image a lot of good.
On the criteria used in selecting Nigerians for the South African trip, Obi disclosed that those selected included individuals in both the public and private sectors of the economy, including lawyers, journalists, medical doctors, state and federal civil servants, entrepreneurs, and traders, among many others.
She said those selected where chosen based on their deep love and interest for the game of football, but more importantly for their almost fanatical support for the Super Eagles. She assured the traveling fans of an experience of a lifetime, and a feel of a home_away_from_home at the Naija Fan Village.
She said the centre has been equipped with excellent facilities including first class lodging accommodation with about 3,500 beds, halls, cafeteria and several kitchens providing both continental and Nigerian dishes.
Other facilities at the centre include a swimming pool, gymnasium, a 5,000 capacity outdoor viewing centre, with screens to cater for VIPs, fan Club members and general visitors; mini shopping complex, merchandise stands, exhibition stands, match ticket terminals, church and mosque, among many others.