Football fans in Uyo, the capital of Akwa Ibom, are excited over the upcoming visit of newly-crowned Europa League champions, Atletico Madrid, for the inaugural GOtv MAX Cup.
The GOtv MAX Cup will see the Los Rojiblancos play against the Super Eagles on Tuesday, May 22 at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium, Uyo.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that a survey shows that football fans in Uyo are delighted that the match was taking place in the capital city.
The fans said they were thrilled that Uyo is the first Nigerian city to host the newly-crowned Europa League winners and looking forward to physically seeing the players they watched on television.
An enthusiast said, “I am happy that Atletico Madrid is coming to Uyo,” a survey by Bamidele Johnson, the Media Officer for the GOtv MAX Cup quoted Inya Bassey as saying.
“I will definitely be at the stadium to watch the team. I pray and hope that the Super Eagles give a good account of themselves.”
Another, Sunday Ndifreke thanked MultiChoice for facilitating the visit of Atletico Madrid, adding that he was an admirer of their manager, Diego Simeone.
“I want to sincerely thank MultiChoice for putting together the GOtv MAX Cup and having it hosted in Uyo.
“I am a fan of Simeone because his team always gives everything. I definitely will be at the stadium,’’ he said.
Samuel Okon, a self-confessed Atletico Madrid fan, said the GOtv MAX Cup represents a dream fulfilled.
According to him, he will be going to watch the match with his brother, who is also a supporter of the Spanish team when they play in Uyo.
Atletico Madrid have had an impressive season and are currently placed second on the LaLiga standings.
Diego Simeone’s side also won the UEFA Europa League Cup following their 3-0 win over Olympique Marseille on May 16.
The kick off time for the match is 7pm Nigerian time.