Bauchi, Feb. 9, 2013 (NAN) Operators of pepper-soup joints in Bauchi are anticipating good business on Sunday after the Nations Cup finals between Nigeria and Burkina-Faso.
Some of the operators who spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), said they were optimistic that Nigeria would lift the Nations Cup, a feat they believed would spark mass celebrations with pepper-soup and beer drinking.
One of the operators, Miss Esther John, said she would prepare extra quantities of fish and goat head in anticipation of high patronage.
“Even though tomorrow is Sunday, most of us will open shop because of the football finals.
"I am aware that if Nigeria fail to lift the trophy, there will be no celebration and we may incur losses but I am prepared to take the risk.
“Business by its nature is a game of chance. Sometimes you make profit, at times you incur losses.
"All you need to do is to weigh your chances. From the stories I heard, Nigeria may likely carry the day,” she said.
Another operator at the Bayangari area of the Bauchi metropolis, Mr Chukwudi Emmanuel, said that he and other operators had placed order for enough drinks in anticipation of Nigeria’s victory.
“Most of us have more than enough stock. One of my customers told me jokingly yesterday that he would come with a replica of the Nations Cup on Sunday night and use it in drinking beer,” he added.
Christopher Nwosu similarly told NAN that some of his customers had already booked their favourite brands, with a ‘warning’ that they wanted the beer served chilled.
“They even warned me to ensure that I have enough fuel in my generator to keep my refrigerator working, just in case NEPA disappoints so that the beer will remain chilled,” he stated.
Meanwhile, the Bauchi State Police Command is to carry out special patrols at viewing centres to ensure adequate security as football fans watch the Africa Cup of Nations epic final.
The Commissioner of Police in the state, Alhaji Mohammed Ladan, told NAN that although the state had never recorded any ugly incident at the viewing centres, tomorrow’s occasion was special.
He said that it was not possible to station policemen in all viewing centres in Bauchi because the centres were many.
NAN reports that most football fans in Bauchi watch the Nations Cup matches at viewing centre as television stations are not airing the matches.
During the semi-final match between Nigeria and Mali, armed policemen were drafted to some popular viewing centres to ensure adequate security.
Malam Ahmed Sani, Manager of one of the centres, told NAN that the drafting of policemen had made fans to relax while watching matches.
“The policemen do come without being requested, discharge their duties and leave after the games.
"I am really impressed because some prominent personalities here prefer watching the matches at viewing centres because of the fun involved.
“When they see police presence, they feel secured and this encourages them to keep coming.
"I expect this centre to be flooded with people tomorrow,” he said.