Arsenal, Dortmund, Marseille, Villareal, Nigeria Clubs, Celebrate Nigeria’s 60th Independence
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By Amaechi Agbo
Some European clubs joined Nigerians to celebrate their 60th Independent Anniversary on Thursday Bestchoicesports.com.ng can report.
English Club, Arsenal; German super house, Borussia Dortmund; French giants, Olympique De Marseille; Spanish side, Villareal as well as Nigeria Professional Football League clubs all celebrated Nigeria’s 60th anniversary on Thursday on their various social media platforms.
Former EPL Champions, Arsenal, which many Nigerians such as Kanu Nwakwo, Celstine Babayaro among others played for, celebrated the great day by recalling Kanu Nwakwo’s hat trick against Chelsea in an EPL match in 1999.
The Gunners expressed love and joy over the nationhood on the Twitter account
“Chei! Naija celebrates 60 years of independence today! Sending you all our best wishes, Nigerian Gooners Green heart.
“We’ll be celebrating with this @papilokanu hat-trick Partying face
Nigeria At 60,” the club said.
Kanu Nwankwo popularly known as Pappilo is a former Arsenal player. His impact on the English Football Club cannot be underplayed.
Other Nigerians like Alex Iwobi also played at Arsenal FC.
The London giant has a deep connection with Nigeria.
On its part, Bundesliga side, Borussia Dortmund which featured former Super Eagles captain and coach, Sunday Oliseh sometimes ago in their team, wished Nigeria happy independent day to Nigerians
“Happy Nigerian Independence Day to our friends and family around the world!” club said
Adding in Pidgin English “You know say we love you”
French giants, Olympique De Marseille who had former Super Eagles defender, Taye Taiwo, had this to say “Nigerian history is our history. Today we are celebrating #NigerianIndependenceDay right along with you (there ain’t no party like Lagos party)!” the club said with Taye Taiwo’s picture
Samuel Chukwueze’s Spanish side, Villareal wished Nigeria Happy independence celebration as well as wishing their Nigerian fans a great day.
“Happy Independence Day Nigeria, 60 today! We hope all Nigerian Yellows fans have a great day! #NigeriaAt60,” the club said.
Nigeria Professional Fotbbal League clubs were not left out in the euphoria.
Leading the way is Abia Warriors of Umuahia, Abia State.
On the twitter handle, the warriors said “Happy 60th Independence Day Anniversary to our Beloved country. God bless our fatherland #Warriors”
While Rangers International Football Club of Enugu said “From all of us at Rangers International F.C!!!!!” with a picture bearing Nigeria’s 60th nationhood logo and the clubs flag
Nigeria got independence from Britain on October 1, 1960 after several decades of colonialism.
Since her independence, Nigeria has done relatively well in continental and global sports with names such as Kanu Nwankwo, Chioma Ajunwa, Blessing Okagbare, Sunday Oliseh, Rashidi Yekini, Mary Oyali, among athletes that have raised the flag of the country during global competitions.
Nigeria shook the global football after she qualified for her first ever FIFA World Cup in USA 1994 where they held European giants o ransom.
Super Eagles have won the Africa Cup of Nations a record three times, and participated in 6 World Cup tournaments.
On their part, the senior female national team, the Super Falcons who are the current champions of Africa Women’s Cup of Nations have won the trophy a record nine times and has participated in all editions of the FIFA Women’s World Cup from inception in 1999.
At the underage level, Nigeria’s U-17 boys are the most successful team in that category after winning the FIFA U-17 World Cup a record five times.
In athletics, Nigeria has done quite well in global competitions with medal finishes with Chioma Ajunwa winning gold in Long Jump at the Atalanta ’96 Olympic Games