COVID-19: Football lovers decry boredom over postponed European leagues


Some football fans on Sunday in Enugu State have cried out on the boredom the outbreak of coronavirus have caused in the world of football.

Some of the fans who spoke with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) at the Nnamdi Azikwe Stadium during the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) match between Enugu Rangers and Rivers United expressed sadness over the deadly virus.

The fans added that the postponed football matches across European topflight leagues had made their weekend boring even though it did not affect the NPFL matches.

One of the fans, Joseph Odichi, said the postponement of matches across Europe would cause a great setback to the world of football.

“We watch football matches during weekend to relax our nerves after a stressful week especially when our favourite team plays.

“This weekend was something else because we missed the Super Sunday matches in the English Premier League (EPL),” Odichi said.

Some of the fans noted that the absence of matches across Europe helped to boost the turnout of home fans at the stadium during Rangers match.

Musa Odidi, who also spoke, expressed his sadness over the setback the deadly virus would cause the world at large and prayed for a quick solution.

“We just can’t do without watching football; that is why we are affected by the spread of the virus indirectly.

“Our earnest prayer is that this virus matter gets to an end and let everything come back to normal as soon as possible,” Odidi said.

Frederick Atuonwu, an engineering student at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) said he was home all day as no European football took place.

According to him, football is a now major game that keep the youth busy and prevent them from engaging in social vices like cultism and drug abuse.

He however, hoped that the development would boost local  leagues in the country.

The fans also sent their get well wishes to those who had been tested positive to the deadly virus across the globe and most especially in the football world.

Alokwe Kish, one of the fans also said it was indeed a great disaster to Football activities across the globe and the economy at large.

“Even though I usually watch the NPFL anytime Rangers are playing at home but the fact still remains that the European leagues have won the heart of many football lovers.

“Like today due to the virus many Manchester United fans would have loved to watch the postponed matched against Tottenham Hotspur,” Alokwe said. Meanwhile, Enugu Rangers now placed fifth on the league table with 34 points after winning Rivers United 1-0 in the Week 24 matches of the NPFL.