By Nnamdi Ojiego
Sports enthusiasts who were thrilled and entertained with MTN fan parks and viewing centres across the country have commended the GSM giant for making the just concluded 2010 FIFA World Cup held in South Africa a memorable one.
While relishing their experience, some of the soccer fans said it was fun watching all the matches of World Cup in a stadium like atmosphere and called on MTN to allow them watch English and European league matches in the viewing centres and parks especially, when it involved big teams like Manchester United, Chelsea, Inter Milan, Barcelona among others.
Speaking to Vanguard Hi-tech, Mr. Igbo Chukwudi, who watched one of the matches at the campos stadium said the experience was so wonderful that he could not but long for more.â€
If you watch matches in those viewing centres, it will be as if you are in the stadium watching live. They put so many things in place to entertain and make the place lively.â€ He commended MTN for the initiative and begged them to allow the use of those centres for English league matches.
Reacting after watching the final between Netherlands and Spain, Mr Martins Olumide said it was sad that the whole fanfare was ended.Â â€œI wish the world cup could continue so that we can continue to enjoy ourselves league here. There is no difference between us and those who were in the stadium.
Mr. Leke Ajiloye, Emma Ochiogu, Mohammad Mustapha among others who spoke to our reporterÂ commended the initiative by the MTN describing it as first of its kind. They also appealed to the GSM operator show Europe league matches in the viewing centres.
MTN fan parks and viewing centres are the initiatives of MTN Nigeria to enable Nigerians especially, sports lovers to have experiential feelings of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.
The parks no doubt, lived up to the very aim of setting it up which was to connect the viewers to their passion irrespective of their locations in the country. The programme featured analyses from seasoned sports analysts, predict and win, and audience analyses among others.
It is therefore, not surprising that fans are calling on the MTN to make the programme a continuous and regular one.