Football fans in Uyo, capital of Akwa Ibom State, are in the grip of excitement over the upcoming visit of LaLiga giants Atletico Madrid for the inaugural GOtv MAX Cup.
The GOtv MAX Cup will see the Los Rojiblancos play against the Super Eagles on 22 May at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium, Uyo.
Speaking about the team’s visit, football fans in the city said they are delighted that Uyo is the first Nigerian city to host the new Europa League winners and 2013/2014 LaLiga champions. They equally stated that they are thrilled at the opportunity to see, on Nigerian soil, the players they have been watching on television.
Inyang Bassey, a fan, said: “I am very happy that Atletico Madrid is coming to Uyo. I would definitely be at the stadium to watch the team. I pray and hope that the Super Eagles give a good account of themselves.”
Sunday Ndifreke, another fan, thanked MultiChoice for facilitating the visit of a team of Atletico Madrid’s profile, adding that he is 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 would 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, currently placed in second position on the LaLiga standings. They also won the UEFA Europa League, following their 3-0 win over Olympique Marseille on Wednesday.