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World Cup: Viewing centres, drinking joints brace up for business in Okitipupa


OKITIPUPA – Owners of viewing centres and drinking joints in Okitipupa, Ondo State, are putting finishing touches to their business premises ahead of the Nigeria-Iran clash in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

The Super Eagles are billed to take on their Iranian counterparts on June 16 at Curitiba.

Mr Emeka Nwachukwu, a viewing centre operator, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that he expected a boom in his business during the match and others in the competition.

“I have serviced all my equipment — the decoder, the generator and bought more chairs. This is business time because I expect football fans to troop in,” Nwachukwu said.

Another viewing centre owner, Mr Temidayo Azeez, also said that many football fans found it difficult to watch matches at home.

“Watching football matches in viewing centres is fun as football fans will discuss issues. I pray that the Eagles go far at the Mundial,” Azeez said.

The Chief Executive Officer of Wonderland, a popular drinking joint, Ms Kudirat Akanbi, said she had a stock pile of assorted drinks ahead of the Eagles match on June 16.

“Football matches are best enjoyed with drinks.  We have really prepared for our customers.  I wish the Eagles good luck in their matches,” Akanbi said.

Another drinking joint owner, Mr Kehinde Badmus, said he was sure of making huge profits during the Eagles matches.

He said he made similar fortune during Eagles matches at the African Cup of Nations in South Africa in 2013. (N

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