Action from a Nigerian Premier League match
A Nigerian website (www.mynaijafc.com) is proposing a revolutionary idea of taking ownership – either fully on in part – of a Nigerian football club by recruiting 50,000 fans to pull together N1000 in a bid to raise N50,000,000 for the venture.
According to the website’s progenitor, Michael Akande, it is not a novel idea despite this being the first time such an initiative is being proposed in Nigeria.
"Similar schemes are ongoing in the UK, France, Italy, Russia and Israel. The site has been created to pool fans’ opinions, passion and wealth in order to breath new life into a football club in Nigeria," Akande said.
The idea seems to be gathering steam. “I’ve met several club owners and ex-administrators of football club's in Nigeria, all of whom are captivated by the concept and believe it is workable.”
A fan of the defunct Stationary Stores Football Club of Lagos, memories of being one of the thousands of fans who came to support their local side is a motivation. ”A few years ago after the successful launch of the UK version (of the site) I started thinking of this opportunity for fans to put a few sums together in order to bring back the glory days of club football in Nigeria.
I believe this is an opportunity for someone who has fallen out of love for local football to rekindle their interest and get involved in this unique way,” he explained.