There’s good news for Nigerian fans interested in watching Saturday’s African Nations Cup qualifier between the Eagles and Libya at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium, Uyo as the Akwa Ibom State government has slashed the gate fees by 50 per cent.
According to the government, fans will now pay as low as N500 to watch the game from the popular stands, which was initially N1, 000.
Those wishing to see the game from the VIP stands will pay N1, 000 as against the initial N2, 000 price tag.
The Senior Special Assistant to Governor Udom Emmanuel on Sports, Elder Paul Bassey told journalists in Uyo that the state’s gesture is aimed at encouraging many fans to come to the Nest of Champions and cheer the Super Eagles to victory, Guardian writes.
“Football fans around the world usually pay huge amounts of money as gate fees to watch international games of this standard, but here in Akwa Ibom, Governor Udom Emmanuel has graciously subsidized the ticket price to N500 for popular stands tickets and N1, 000 for VIP tickets,” he said, adding that tickets for the crucial 2019 Afcon cracker will be available for sale later in the week.
“Governor Emmanuel is a passionate sports lover and he has demonstrated it in the huge investments he has made in sports development in the state.
“His gesture of subsidizing the prices of tickets for the match is to ensure more fans turn up to watch the game live while supporting the senior national team to victory on Saturday.”
Meanwhile, the team’s Ibom Meridien Hotels and Golf Resort camp is bursting with life as no fewer than 21 players, including stand–in skipper Ahmed Musa have begun preparation for Saturday’s match.