Location: Lagos, Nigeria
Evidence of interest in the 2010 FIFA World Cup in Nigeria.
Throughout Lagos groups of people can be found huddled around radios and televisions for the 2010 FIFA World Cup matches. Every so often there is a cheer from a street corner, or a heated debate between shop keepers. When the national team was playing, supporters found any available spot to watch the games, be it a church, a pavement viewing booth or a community centre.
Billboards around the bustling capital city announce the soccer tournament taking place on African soil for the first time in history. Motorists and pedestrians travelling in and around the city are bombarded at every turn by advertisements for the football showcase.
However, the attitude of many Nigerians towards the World Cup has been reserved. The squad that was selected to represent Nigeria in South Africa was a hotly contested issue among football supporters, and the poor preparation in the run up to the tournament cast a shadow over the team’s performance. The grumbling started when the team only narrowly qualified by beating Kenya 3-2 and fans doubted The Eagles’ ability to do well in the tournament. Despite this, many football lovers continue to follow the World Cup matches to see which country will take home the gold trophy.
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