The Super Eagles of Nigeria have have failed to pick one of the FIFA World Cup berths in Qatar, and this has probably put football fans in a situation that looks as if there is nothing to watch.
Super Eagles currently most idolized footballer Victor Oshimen will return to his Italian Serie A side Napoli, sadly he has lost his opportunity to make his debut.
If there is any player Nigerian fans will want to watch, that player is Oshimen and its sad he will not be there, then what next for football fans.
Arguably the largest means in which Nigerians would watch the World Cup, even if Nigeria qualified, we surely will have more fans watching the match in viewing centres and at home than being on ground at the venue of the World Cup.
Nigerian fans will be left with no other option than picking a team and support them to the last, it was not what they planned for initially, but the current mood suggests otherwise, that will be one of the means.
LIVE IN QATAR
Very few fans would ordinarily have had the opportunity to be in Qatar and watch the World Cup live even if the Super Eagles had qualified. But does that mean there is no hope for them to be in Qatar as the team did not qualify?
Obviously there is hope as genuine football fans can still be in Qatar and watch the World Cup live. Prior to the Qatar World Cup play-offs, the Supreme Committee For Delivery and Legacy (the organization responsible for the infrastructure, venues and host country operations for the FIFA World Cup in partnership with Qatar Football Association ) had appointed Rev Samuel Ikpea as a Fan Leader for fans mobilization and five other media practitioners.
As at time of his nomination, Rev. (Amb) Samuel Ikpea is the Executive Director of Greatdynamics Talents and also the national Chairman of the Nigeria Football Supporters Club (NFSC). He had also requested several meetings where issues related to the mobilization was extensively discussed.
There were series of meetings which took place between the nominated Qatar Fan Leasers in Nigeria and members of the Supreme Committee. The Fan Engagement specialist, Marketing & Communications Mr. Vishnu Murali in a statement told the Qatar Fan Leader Network in Nigeria that they are fans of the football community around the world and not just in Nigeria.
Hence opportunities are now open for Nigerian fans who would wish to be in Qatar for the FIFA World Cup as they can still do the needful by reaching out to the Fan network in Nigeria, at the Secretariat of the NFSC.