By Jacob Ajom
The move by the Lagos State government to take over the National Stadium, Lagos has been commended by the hierarchy of the Nigeria Football Supporters.
Speaking at his Ayinde Giwa office yesterday, President General of the club, World wide, Rafiu Ladipo said, “it is a welcome development. That stadium has suffered neglect and for over 20 years it has been lying fallow. For a place that built and raised athletes, footballers, swimmers, boxers to be left to rot away is lamentable.”
He commended Governor Ambode “for his foresight and vision,” adding, “there is nowhere you can compare with the national stadium, Lagos. Indeed, the governor’s move is timely because it will surely bring back Nigeria’s lost glory in sports.”
Speaking in the same vein, national chairman of the Nigeria Football Supporters Club, Rev Samuel Ikpea said the move by the Lagos State Government would bring back the national team to Lagos.
“It will be easier for the supporters club to garner support for the national team because nowhere else in this country can the Eagles get the kind of support we can muster in Lagos.”
Ikpea dismissed insinuations that the supporters club was divided saying, “the Nigeria Football Supporters Club is one big family. We are one and anyone who says anything to the contrary is carrying a wrong impression.
“The truth of the matter is that some members that had been reprimanded and disciplined for various offences, including anti-club activities want to mislead the public, creating the impression that they were a faction of the club. Take it from me, we have no faction in the Nigeria Football Supporters Club.”