Friday, 12 August 2016

10 Things English Premier League is Doing to Warri.

Now that the premier league is Back, Things are not going to remain the same.

Nigeria is a nation divided by many things but united by a few and football is one of them. As a Nation we love football, and the city of Warri is no exception. A few international stars has popped out of the city, Names like Wilson Oruma, Sunday Obodo etc and the recent sensation, Oghenekaro Etebo.

It’s not surprising that Nigeria most skilful footballer, Austin Jay Jay Okocha held his testimonial match at the Ultra Modern Warri Stadium, the Home of Delta State football team, Warri Wolves, whose team player scored the goal that secured Nigeria their last Nations cup, Sunday Mba. The city love football, no doubt, that is why Warri wolves spent a staggering twelve Million Naira four years ago for Nigerians hottest local based striker, Jude Aneke.

Warri may not be a household name in the production of international football stars, but it’s not in shortage of great talents that are on display almost every evenings at popular morning and evening football zones e.g. Urhobo college or Igbudu primary school just to mention a few.

As much as the city loves football, our love for football has not been expressed towards our darling Warri wolves but rather shown in a gambling trend that is now becoming the next get rich quick scheme. Almost at every turn, there’s a nairabet, or merrybet, or betnaija the list is endless, and now that the premier league is back, we can only hope and pray for the best.

Here’s a few things that may happen, now that the Premier league is back.

1. Increased football Betting (Gambling).

2. Increased in sales of alcoholic beverages and busy local bar.

3. Increase in Late night movements.

4. Cluster of young boys arguing about their favorite teams, and increased gatherings at newspaper stand.

5. Less spectators on game days at Warri city Stadium.

6. Sales of more premier Jerseys.

7. Increased in demand for local cable connection.

8. Busy Pool Office.

9. Boys with Betting slip, 79% angry, 13% in between and 8% happy.

10. More poison to our local football league.

There’s a few economic benefits the English premier league brings to the city, but it's a Pyrrhic victory.

Next week we’ll discuss what we can do to not only enjoy our local football but make money from it.

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