It was all fun Tuesday, October 1, 2019 at the Legacy Pitch of the National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos as members of the Nigeria Football Supporters Club (NFSC) held a novelty match to celebrate Nigeria @ 59.
The 7-aside match which was graced by the Lagos Liaison Officer of the Sports Ministry, Bode Durotoye was between the National Executive Officers led by the chairman, Reverend Sam Ikpea and non executive members which saw the former beat the later by 3-2. The first half ended 1-1.
At the resumption of the second half Team Executive scored two more goals with Reverend Ikpea on the scorers sheet through a penalty kick, while the non executives reduced the tally few minutes to the end of the game.
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President-General of the club, Dr. Rafiu Ladipo, who was the centre referee of the entertaining encounter told reporters after the match that the event was organised to celebrate Nigeria’s independence and 59 years of sports in the country as well as promote unity among Nigerians.
He however appealed to the country’s sports administrators to do more for the development of the sector, noting that 59 years after independent, Nigerian sports is still crawling.
National chairman of the club, Rev. Sam Ikpea in his remark stated: “We’re trying to show that we don’t only support football but can also play it and the good thing about our club is that there is no discrimination. In Nigeria Football Supporters Club we’re one family. There is no discrimination, tribe, ethnicity or religious sentiment. We all come together in one voice to support the country and what we did today with the novelty match was to celebrate the country because united we stand, divided we fall.”
The Lagos Liaison Officer of the Sports Ministry, while speaking at the event commended members of the club for promoting sports and unity in the country, noting that the sky is their limit.