World Cup: Public Match Viewing Centres Canceled In Adamawa

Authorities in Adamawa have ordered all live football match screening centres planning to beam World Cup matches to close.

They say they have received intelligence of planned bomb attacks during the tournament, which opens in Brazil on Thursday.

Live football match viewing centres are common in Nigeria, as not many enthusiasts have the means of watching games at home- mainly as a result of the exorbitant hike on pay-per view decoder.

Adamawa is one of the states which has witnessed torrents of attacks by the Boko Haram terrorist groups.

“Our action is not to stop Nigerians… watching the World Cup. It is to protect their lives,” Brig-Gen Nicholas Rogers was quoted by the AFP agency as saying on Wednesday in Yola, the capital of Adamawa.

About 14 people lost their lives in a bomb attack on a bar that was screening a televised football match in Adamawa on June 1. The dreaded Boko Haram group was widely suspected for the attack.

Many people were also killed in two explosions blamed on Boko Haram while watching football in a video hall in the north-eastern town of Maiduguri in March.

Nigerians are hoping their senior national team, the Super Eagles, can take the #BringBackOurGirls campaign to Brazil, as all efforts to locate the 200 abducted girls from a school in northern Nigeria have not yielded results.

Public Viewing Centres are Regular Part of an Average Soccer Fans' Routine in Nigeria.
Public Viewing Centres are Regular Part of an Average Soccer Fans’ Routine in Nigeria.

Kick-off time for most of the World Cup matches will be by night times in the West African region, and fans had earlier been warned to exercise caution while attending venues that attracts large crowd.

The Eagles begin their campaign against Iran on Monday, before taking on Bosnia-Hercegovina and Argentina, the earliest of the three kick-offs being the final group game against Lionel Messi’s Argentina.

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