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Lagos sets up free viewing centres for football lovers

Lagos residents can view the ongoing AFCON matches at these viewing centres around all LCDAs of the state.
A random private viewing centre in Lagos.

THE Lagos State Government has announced the establishment of 10 viewing centres across its major local government areas on Friday, January 14, 2022. This is an initiative of the Lagos State Sports Commission (LSSC) with sponsorship from the private sector. 

This was disclosed in a statement issued by Titi Oshodi-Eko, the LSSC Director of Public Relations. 

These public-private sector viewing centres have started operations in earnest across the state. 

The viewing centres are located at Teslim Balogun Stadium in Surulere; Campos Mini Stadium, Lagos Island; Naval Yard, Ajegunle; and Abesan playground, Alimosho. 

There are more public-private viewing centres at Bishop Aggrey Youth Centre, Mushin; Epe Recreation Centre, Italewa Ikorodu; Badagry Grammar School, Badagry; Agege Stadium, Agege; and Mobolaji Johnson Sports Center, Rowe Park, YABA. 

“When Nigeria took on Egypt in their first Group match on Tuesday, all the centres were filled with Nigerians coming out in their numbers to show their patriotic support for their darling Eagles, who eventually won with 1-0,” Titi Oshodi-Eko said. 

“The idea of the private sectors partnering with State Government is to bring football closer to Lagos residents which will be more fun and entertaining as fans watch all the matches of the Africa Cup of Nations 2021 (AFCON).

“As part of this administration’s theme, the viewing centres will serve as an avenue to bring people together for a better world and this is what LSSC is doing with the AFCON Viewing Centres.”

Lagos residents are encouraged to locate and use these centres. The state government guarantees safety at the centres and believe this will improve community bonding within the state.