Will the ‘Naija Super 8’ revive Nigerian football?


It is an open secret that in Nigeria, football is not a sport; it is a religion! That’s the reason why most people believe that football is more than just a game in Nigeria. It is a way of life. From the streets to the top professional leagues, Nigerians live and breathe football. The passion for the sport is so ingrained in the culture that it has become a unifying factor for people from different backgrounds and regions.

Despite the popularity of football in the country, our domestic league has been nothing to write home about in recent years. To help rejuvenate fans’ passion, engagement and committment towards our local league, an off-season tournament called “Naija Super 8” has been launched!

Conceived by the private sector as an intervention to bring excitment back to the domestic game, the Naija Super 8 is an off-season football competition that will drive fresh emotional investments by fans to propel the sport to higher heights in the country. Naija Super 8 will feature some of the biggest names on the domestic football landscape aiming for glory.

You can get your club to get a share of the over N100 million prize money in the NAIJA Super 8, to be held at Mobolaji Johnson Arena, Lagos, from 17-25 June.
But first, you need to ensure your team gets the needed number of votes to get into the play-offs.
Fans will need to vote online (From April 10th, 2023) for the team(s) they want to feature in the tournament. Two teams with highest votes in each region will qualify for the play-offs, scheduled to hold at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, from 1-3 June.

Here are the things you need to know about the voting procedure:
The online portal for voting will open on Monday April 10 and close at 9pm on May 12 2023.

Voting is only opened to fans from the following countries:
Nigeria, South Africa, Ghana, Benin, Togo, Libya, and Egypt.
Fans in South Africa, Ghana, Benin, Togo, Libya, and Egypt can vote via the NAIJA Super 8 website (naijasuper8.ng) and the mobile site. Fans in Nigeria can vote on all available platforms.

i.e naijasuper8.ng, MyDStv and MyGOtv app. MyDStv and MyGOtv App voting are open to active DStv subscribers with eligible packages.

The announcement of the Naija Super8 have been greeted with cheers from alot of football fans across the country with many saying an initiative like this have been long overdue for our domestic football.
This is no doubt a loudable idea by the organizers and the Nigerian football governing body, the NFF. However, the question on the lips of many Nigerians is, can the initiative bring the needed revival that Nigerian football has long been yearning for? This question will indeed be answered by time!

But till then, let’s enjoyment the moment by trooping out en mass to show support to our local clubs by voting for them.



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