Manchester City fan speaks on first Nigerian stadium experience

Deji Adeyemi and son at Stamford Bridge
A Nigerian born fan of Manchester City had his first experience in stadium in his country two months ago.

Deji Adeyemi whose twitter handle is @Bobskino made inquiries as to how he can watch a game involving Dolphins Football Club and was at the Port Harcourt Liberation Stadium to watch the double header on March 7 that had Dolphins play Kwara United and Sharks play Sunshine Stars

Deji whose only previous stadium experience had been at the Ettihad and Stamford Bridge told TodaySportsLive, an interactive Sports show on Radio that being a Nigerian who lived in Port Harcourt he wanted to have a stadium experience at the Liberation.

“I’m Nigerian. I do not think I have a choice than to support our clubs.

“Clubs in Europe have good packaging and that is why it is easy for us to support them from here, but we need to start supporting our own.

“If you go to Manchester, you do not find people supporting Enyimba so I decided to face my clubs here,” Deji said

Lounging with the wife and kids

Deji Adeyemi said he took his wife and kids to the stadium to watch the double header game that had Dolphins play Kwara United and Sharks play Sunshine Stars.

“I went to the stadium with my wife and kids and I must say we had fun that day,” He said excitedly.

“Before now I hadn’t watched a live match in Nigeria even though I had done that in Europe at the Stamford Bridge and Ettihad.

“We had fun, sat behind the Dolphins supporters club and enjoyed the way they were singing and dancing,” Adeyemi said.

“I think the club management and the Nigerian League need to do a lot n terms of packaging so we can have a lot more people coming to the stadium to watch games.

“I still do not have a Dolphins’ jersey yet but I hope to get one soon.”

Fear of Area Boys

There is this school of thought that says many people do not come to watch games in Port Harcourt because of the fear of Street urchins, also known as Area Boys.

Deji Adeyemi, however says he did not have that behind his mind as he took his family to the stadium for the league game.

“No, I wasn’t scared. A couple of my friends have been there and the reports I got from them showed there was really nothing to be scared off.

“It was a good experience. There was nothing to worry about, except, maybe the ticketing which I felt could have been better.”

“The way they sell tickets here is not standard. I’m used to making bookings online in Europe,” He added.
With Kelechi Iheanacho, Oct 2014

Little negatives

Adeyemi chose not to notice the negatives in that game but was full of praises for the fans.

“Both games ended goaless but the fans did not stop cheering. The attendance was poor though and I put it at about ten to fifteen percent of the capacity.

“People are not coming to watch matches. They must have their reasons and we need to find out what those reasons are

“Maybe people are scared of touts robbing them but from my experience on the day, I did not see any reason to fear because I saw tight security at the Port Harcourt Liberation Stadium,” Deji Adeyemi said.

Deji Adeyemi told that he would have loved to be at the Stadium for Sunday’s double header that will see Sharks play FC Taraba and Dolphins lock horns with Lobi Stars.

“Really, I would have loved to be there again after the experience of the last one but I am currently away at work. If there is a game next week, I will be there.”

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