July 10, (THEWILL) – Sporting Lagos fans were not amused after being reprimanded by a Naija Super8 official, for creating a vibrant atmosphere during their match against Enyimba on Sunday.
The fans, known for their spirited support, gathered at the Mobolaji Johnson Arena for Sporting Lagos’ debut in the Nigeria Premier League (NPFL), to cheer their team. However, an official approached the “Happy Corner” section, where the supporters were situated, requesting them to keep the noise down. When the fans continued their fervent cheering, the official gestured towards the VIP area, suggesting the club could be fined N5 million for the noise.
The fans took to social media to voice their discontent, criticising the League organisers and highlighting the importance of fan engagement in football. In their opinion, a potential fine was deemed unjustified and it was unreasonable to tell fans that they were making too much noise in a stadium and not a library. The disappointment of the fans with the league’s management was obvious with implications for the progress of domestic football.
The supporters are unanimous in their determination to maintain their vocal support, comparing their enthusiasm to famous football atmospheres around the world. They will have the chance as Sporting Lagos will face local rivals Remo Stars in their upcoming Naija Super 8 encounter. The match between the two clubs has gained significant attention due to the banter exchanged on social media following Sporting Lagos’ recent promotion.
As both teams prepare for this cracker, the fans remain committed to creating a lively atmosphere at the Onikan stadium. The incident involving the noise complaint has only intensified the determination of Sporting Lagos supporters to make their presence felt and inspire their team to victory.