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NNL lures fans to stadiums

21 February 2014, 17:25Israel Ojoko

Lagos - Football fans are beginning to renew their interest in the Nigerian leagues as thousands thronged out to various stadiums across the country to watch the week one action of the Nigeria National League (NNL).

Last weekend, hundreds of thousands of football fans visited the various stadia all over Nigeria to catch a glimpse of good football as the NNL new season got under way with big encounters involving traditional clubs jostling to take early lead in their quest to gain promotion to the Premier league next year.

Among the matches which recorded a high spectators turn out are the Mighty Jets of Jos and Spotlight, Jigawa Golden Stars versus Wikki Tourists which was marred by crowd trouble, and the much awaited return of the Lagos darling club, Stationery Stores which brought an unprecedented crowd to the Onikan Stadium Waterfront, Lagos Island last Sunday.

There were also high turnout of spectators at other venues in Benin City, Remo, Calabar, Uyo, Minna, Lokoja, Abuja and Umoku in Rivers state. Large number of fans thronged the arena to watch the quality football on display.

Meanwhile, the management of Stationery Stores of Lagos smiled to the bank after they made a kill at the gates as the club realized huge sum of money from the gate-taking.  Fans paid their way to watch the team take on Abia Comets FC in the highly advertised encounter.

Many fans came to the Onikan Stadium to witness the return of Stores, popularly called Super Stores or Adebajo Babes. The impressive crowd happily paid at the turnstile without much ado.    

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