The prestigious Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) has yet again imprinted its name in the history books by being the first to host an American Football match, not only in Nigeria, but the entire West African sub-region.
The historical match which pitched the Lagos Marines against hosts ABU saw the more experienced home team devoured the visitors 26-14 in the highly entertaining encounter last Saturday. Being the first time, organisers were not anticipating the unprecedented large turn-out of spectators that thronged the ABU Sports Complex to get a glimpse of the historic match. Fans of American Football, who were attracted from all over Nigeria, were excited all through the encounter, presenting Nigerians with another pulsating option to the regular football. Speaking in an interview after the encounter, President of the Nigerian Institute of American Football, Professor Adamu Ahmed, said that he was impressed by the impact the first outing had on the spectators. “We are really thrilled and excited about the huge followership this first game is getting,” he said. He explained that the thought of the institute was first muted in 2012, during the 50th Anniversary Celebration of ABU, a decision all stakeholders are today very proud of.

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