Over 170 million passionateo people will be travelling this year from one geographical location. All enroute to Europe and America just because of one goal-The Game.
I cant say how many will trek, but i know they will be poised to whats going on in the FIFA events this summer occupying the TV screens and arenas as the top major football leagues draw curtails on 2014/15 season.
Without further adoo, all my ab initio is just buttressing on the pulse of Nigerians towards the Fifa Under 20 World Cup and the Womens World
Cup as they both take center stage not to forget that the Under 17 too comes up in Chile and Nigeria going as defending champions therefore, the African nation is duely represented with high hopes that all events will turn out remarkable.
The passion and love for the game can be read through the media as fans keep saying one,two and more about the outcomes of the teams respectively and are
all looking to stay awake in the mid-nights and early hours of the mornings to see the games due to time zone effects.
As the tournament is set to kick-start May 30 and June 6 respectively and the other (Fifa U-17) in October, a whole lot of positives have been said which has painted the Nigeria football in fine colours which are;
A formidable Flying Eagles squad
The side led by Manu Garba have been tipped all round to bring home the trophy for the first time as they have been seen as a team filled with quality having clinched the world cup at the U-17 level and also went ahead to win the African Youth Championship which made them top seed in for the tournament in New Zealand, ofcourse with the same coach and almost the same players from inception with outstanding stars such as Taiwo Awoniyi who also shone with the Under 23 side, Kelechi Iheanacho-a lad blowing hot with Manchester City youth team in England, Moses Simon currently a title holder in the Belgian League, Musa Mohammed, a fantastic captain and wonderful right-back, not forgeting the tactician Manu Garba who has led these crop of players from the begining victoriously, and more.
In terms of preparation, the Flying Eagles have been promising showing greatness in Germany as they took on Under-23 sides of Frieburg, Hamburg and Hoffeim in grand styles coupled with the fact that they are the side with the youngest players with an average of 18(plus).
All these making the Nigerian football blush.
A promising Super Falcons
Although, there is more of skepticism on the Nigerian ladies as much as been said about lack of preparation in terms of more friendly matches to warm things up, but, hey, about 83 million Naira is up for grabs and a close door friendly against the host Canada on may 25 at the Tim Hortons Field in Hamiton is also in line, but to some its still not enough, well, opinion entitlements if i can say.
But here is the thing, the optimism sorrounding the camp and crop of players like Asisat Oshoala, Dike Courtney and veteran Perpetua Nkwocha joining the camp lately can boost the morale of the Edwin Okon led side as much not to forget that they are going in as African Champions.
Having said a little, and to look as things pan out in the football or soccer calendar globally, one can be rest assured that after the Uefa Champions League, there is an event and subjects to talk about respectively.
The Flying Eagles start their campaign on June 1 against Brazil and are also grouped alongside Korea DPR and Hungary, and as for the Super Falcons, Nigeria have been drawn in Group D alongside two-time winners USA, Sweden and Australia.