AFCON: Sanwo-Olu sets up mega viewing centre for residents at Onikan


The Lagos State Government has set up a mega viewing centre at Mobolaji Johnson Arena, Onikan for the Super Eagles of Nigeria and Bafana Bafana of South Africa match in the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON, coming up later today, February, 7.

The state government has 25 viewing centres all over the state to encourage and ensure that residents enjoy the thrills and entertainment that the unifying game of football avails the teeming population both young and old.

The 2023 AFCON started on January 13, 2024 and Nigeria has not lost any match.

Onikan Stadium, Lagos (now Mobolaji Johnson Arena, the first stadium in Nigeria) is designated Mega Viewing Centre. The kick-off is 6pm.

Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Gbenga Omotoso, in a statement, said: “Lagos, being the sports capital and the base of the largest supporters of the Super Eagles, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, deemed it fit to provide an opportunity for all fans to watch the match.

“Mr. Governor expressed the hope that the national team will triumph in the match because the team has so far shown capacity and technical know-how to win.”

Nigeria has been crowned AFCON champions three times, finished second on four occasions and came third place eight times.

Apart from the Mega Viewing Centre at Onikan, other centres are located in: Agege Stadium, Abesan Sports Centre, Alimosho LGA Secretariat, Agbado-Oke Odo, Local Council Development Area, LCDA, Secretariat, L.A. Primary School, Layeni, Ajeromi-Ifelodun, Anglican Primary School, Aradagun, Badagry.

Other include: New Road Primary School, Ajegunle, Femi Gbajabiamila Mini Stadium, Coker-Aguda, Surulere, Epe Recreation Centre, Sprite Court, Festac, Igando-Ikotun LCDA Secretariat, Onisabe of Igbobi’s Palace, Jibowu, Alajede’s Palace, Ijede, Oba’s Palace, Ijegun, Ikorodu Town Hall, APC Party Secretariat, Ketu.

Also listed as viewing centres are: Campos Mini Stadium, Lagos, Lagos House Car Park, Marina, Mushin Public Library, YMD Garden, Ojo, Olera Football Pitch, Ojokoro Housing Estate, Afolabi Primary School, Oshodi, Papa Playing Field, Oworonsoki and Rowe Park Sports Centre, Yaba.

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