Nigerians love football, and many European clubs have a massive fan base in the African nation. When there is a Nigerian footballer in a European club, some Nigerians almost automatically support the club.
European clubs play many of their pre-season games outside Europe, and this is to increase their fan base. If football clubs are to choose any country outside Europe based on the fan base, many of them will visit Nigeria, but the facilities in Nigeria are probably why these clubs do not bring the games here. Nevertheless, some European clubs visited and played games in Nigeria.
1. Tabor Sezana
This Slovenian club is the most recent club to visit Nigeria, to commission the renovated Lekan Salami Stadium in Oyo State, they got an invitation to play Shooting Stars.
It was to be a friendly game, but Shooting Stars whooped them 4-0, this is probably because of the overwhelming support of the fans. The club is not small, they play in the first division of the Slovenian league.
2&3. Manchester United and Portsmouth.
Nigerians only watch these two clubs on TV, but they had an opportunity to watch a version of the Community Shield live in Abuja in 2008. Manchester United won the Champions League and EPL while Portsmouth which had two Nigerians, Kanu, and Utaka, won the FA Cup, and they played here.
Chris Eagles and Tevez won the match for Manchester United in a game that ended 2-1, Jermaine Defoe's goal was not enough to stop Pompey from defeat.
Portsmouth also played Kano Pillars, who were the NPFL champions at the time, and they beat them 5-0. The goals came from Utaka, Kanu, Sahar, and Crouch.
What do you think Nigeria needs to do to have more games like this?
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