UEFA Champions League And Nigerians Experience
Nigeria News takes a look at the UEFA champions league as
The viewing centres were filled to the brim. Nobody ever gave it to Liverpool, having lost 0-3 to the almighty Barcelona in the first leg of the UEFA semis.
And with the injury of the Liverpool star boy and main striker, Mohammed Salah, all hopes were lost.
After Liverpool’s defeat at Camp Nou, the team coach, Jürgen Norbert Klopp could only commend the efforts of his boys in defeat.
He could not blame the players but his words of encouragement on the day they were humiliated must have contributed immensely to their victory at Anfield on Tuesday.
It was a big comeback of the season as Liverpool erased the 0-3 deficit and went ahead to win the match by 4-0 against the La Liga giant. It was the day talent failed Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez went miserable in England.
That is why the game is called football, the stronger legs won on Tuesday. A game between talents and determination, La Liga and English premiership.
The crowd echoed before the match began. Almost all the viewers were convinced that Barcelona would defeat Liverpool again. What they were not sure of was the number of goals.
But God changed it all. He shows that “the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happens to them all”.
Four goals from Liverpool changed the mood of Nigerians at the viewing centres. The results showed that many of the fans had gambled and lost their money.
As a matter of fact, a popular Nigerian singer, Kingsley Chinweike Okonkwo, popularly known as Kcee lost N1 million to a die-hard Liverpool fan.
There were many other Nigerians who lost their monies through soccer/football betting platforms. On Tuesday, Thousands of Nigerians trooped to the streets of Lagos to jubilate over the victory of Liverpool, which was a nightmare for millions of Barcelona fans across the country.
After the match, Liverpool manager, Klopp said that he did not see the fourth goal but the celebration by the scorer Divock Origi. He would not have played if Salah was fit.
The Liverpool’s jubilation has not yet subsided when another English club side Tottenham Hotspur kicked out Ajax Amsterdam in a 3-2 win in another scintillating encounter.
As if the script was written, Ajax that was 2-0 up in Wednesday game slipped to 2-3 against Hotspur after 90 minutes. The UEFA final is all English to be played in Madrid on June 1.
There are more Liverpool fans in Nigeria than Tottenham. They will like to put their money on this that Liverpool will dominate Hotspur, judging by their past meetings but it is football it can go either way.
Before then, the fragile Salah would be fit but the question is, will Klopp still want to build his team around the Egypt International?