Admittedly, we are not bonafide psychologists but let’s face it when your business is gathering bits of information for the edification of the public, you’re bound to wittingly or unwittingly become a studier of human behaviour.
Every Nigerian knows that a larger percentage of Nigerians are mad about football, the one the Americans call soccer. It is ostensibly a game played by 22 grown men divided into two teams. They kick about a round leather material, called a ball, around a gigantic grass field with the sole aim of seeing which team can put the ball past a small box called a goal post belonging to the opponent. The team which is able to do this the most in a given game wins the game. Of course, there are rules governing the game and an umpire to ensure a fair officiating.
Football is big practically in most countries and big money as well. And fans have been known to be humorous, amazing, boisterous, rancorous amongst other characteristics. The game is the one thing everyone agrees that unites the country. Wish that the country will agree on weighty issues as they do with regard to the Super Eagles. Who could ever forget the joys of Tunis 1994 or the Dream Team 1996? And more recently, South Africa 2013 and Rio 2016? Competitions in which Nigerians did remarkably well.
However, not everyone gets football whether at the national or club level. And for those who don’t give a whit about the game, most of them don’t really understand what the fuss is all about. In fact, most are unarguably bemused by it all. And for us, being that we are approaching the subject matter from a disinterested point of view, we are reporting what we have been told by non-fans of the things they find most irritating with regards to the behaviour of football fans.
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