Supporters Club boss, Okumagba thumbs up facilities for Qatar 2022 World Cup
Says accommodation won’t be a problem for Nigerian fans
President of Super Eagles Supporters Club (SESC), Vincent Okumagba, has said that Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup would be one of the best in the history of the competition, going by the ‘top class’ facilities already put in place by the host nation.
Okumagba returned from Qatar a few days ago, where he was a special guest of FIFA alongside other distinguished football personalities from around the world, who graced the 2021 FIFA Arab Cup.
He was invited by Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, a body in charge of both the FIFA Arab Cup 2021 and Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup.
Speaking with The Guardian on phone yesterday, Okumagba said the visit gave him opportunity to meet with fans/supporters leaders from other 29 countries around the world.
“We had fan leaders from Brazil, Russia, England, Ghana, Sudan, Morocco and France, among others. We bonded straight away having the same passion for football.
“The first port of call was a visit to legacy building housing the committee and the FA of Qatar, where the FIFA Arab Cup was on display for us to see at a close range. We visited the museum and from there, we visited all the eight stadia that will host the World Cup next year. From what I saw, Qatar will host a successful tournament,” he stated.
Okumagba continued: “We also had boat ride and visited other places of interest, where we were treated to a colourful and rich Arab culture. The icing on the cake was having a dinner with FAC ambassadors, including Samuel Eto’o, Tim Cahill and Cafu from Brazil.
“The Qatar 2022 World Cup will be fans friendly in many ways because all matches hold in one city unlike what was experienced in the past. Accommodation won’t be a problem because the people have built facilities to take care of visitors.”
The Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy took care of Okumagba’s trip to Qatar, including his return ticket, accommodation, food and refreshment, tickets to match venues, transportation around the cities and cultural tours, as well as all COVID-19 test carried out in Qatar.
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