Europa Cup Champions, Atletico gears for Eagles clash
Atletico de Madrid is the newly crowned Europa League champion after claiming a 3-0 display over French
side, Marseille in Lyon on Wednesday.
Atletico is the second most successful team in the Europa League with 3 titles, second to Sevilla with 5 titles since the competition was officially renamed.
Atletico will now focus its attention on its friendly match in Nigeria, on May 22nd at the Godswill Akpabio International
Stadium, Uyo against the home-based Super Eagles.
The contest will take place, thanks to SuperSport, LaLiga’s official broadcaster in most African countries and prominent video entertainment company in Nigeria, MultiChoice, who is also the provider of digital terrestrial television platform GOtv. The company is responsible for bringing the Spanish outfit to Nigeria for the special visit and to play in the maiden edition of the GOtv MAX Cup.
The partnership between the Nigerian Professional Football League and LaLiga had also played a major role in organising the match.
LaLiga President, Javier Tebas responded by saying: “Once again, LaLiga’s commitment to fans around the world is evident. This is a historic announcement and we’re very happy to share it with our Nigerian fans. Atletico, one of LaLiga’s most important clubs, will be in Nigeria and will give the local fans out there the opportunity to enjoy the stars close up.
Africa and Nigeria is very important to LaLiga and the citizens also are great fans of Spanish football, which we’re very proud of.”
LaLiga ambassador, Mutiu Adepoju said: “Multichoice, SuperSport, and GOtv have done well for Nigeria and indeed Nigerian football by bringing Atletico de Madrid here. It shows they are keen on putting Nigeria on the global football map and they are also providing an opportunity for our players to be noticed by big European clubs.”
The fixture will allow Nigerian fans to enjoy some of the stars of the world’s best league up close and watch one of its most iconic clubs, Atletico de Madrid.