by Akintomiwa Agbaje
With the 2014 FIFA World Cup reminding us of the immense global popularity of football, Africa Magic Entertainment is set to kick off its’ fantastically well-timed sports game show Football Legends Nigeria.
Debuting a week before the World Cup Final, the hot new primetime addition makes its first appearance on DStv channel 150/151 on Sunday July 6 at 21:00 CAT. The format is developed and produced by African Media & Productions Network (AMPN).
Taking on a midfielder role on Football Legends Nigeria is the ultimate fan himself, devoted sports presenter Jimmie Akinsola. But he’s no rookie to the game. As series host, Akinsola brings his boundless passion for football into play (in this case, in a beautiful studio in Lagos). Surrounded by a vocal studio audience Jimmie will be at the centre of the action as two teams of Nigerian football Legends, ably supported by two fast talking Skippos, Ebuka Obi-Uchendu and Sylvester Obialor (a.k.a. Odogwu), will compete against each other as they attempt to relive some of the greatest moments in Nigerian, African and international soccer history.
A game show with a difference, in each 48 minute episode of Football Legends Nigeria, the Legends will share their favourite football moments, challenge their knowledge of historical facts and finally see if they have the skills to score. The audience will re-live and celebrate the beautiful moments this sport has brought the world and will have goose-bumps from start to finish. All this with the Legends themselves!
Explaining the show’s creation, M-Net West Africa Regional Director Wangi Mba-Uzoukwu says, “Our production strategy is to make relevant programming that’s responsive to the needs of our audiences, both male and female. Given the level of excitement for the World Cup among our viewers, we felt Football Legends Nigeria was a perfect tie in. It also allows us to pay tribute to those stars who have shone, those moments that have thrilled us. Thanks to a format that’s simple to grasp, it’s also a fun way to see the lighter side of accomplished athletes who are as competitive in studio as they are on the field. And while the competitors are Nigerian this time, the spirit and atmosphere of the show is sure to appeal to any football loving viewer.”
Obi Asika, co-founder AMPN West Africa, says the following about Football Legends Nigeria: “Football is our lifeblood, as Nigerians and as Africans, and I’m no different. So I am very proud that AMPN West Africa created this awesome new sport focussed format. Our thanks to Africa Magic who have made this possible and to our partners, crew and production team who are working to deliver this exciting new show. We hope audiences will enjoy watching it.”
Legends in the starting line-up of the show are: Fatai Amoo, Joe Erico, David Ngodigha, Gift Okunwa Sowemimo, Julius Aghahowa, Jonathan Akpoborie, Clement Temile, Mike Onyemaracha, Waidi (Waheed) Akanni, Friday Elaho, Etim Esin, Yisa Sofoluwe, Sunday Ine, Muyiwa Oshode, Felix Owolabi, Gbenga Okunowo, Teslim Fatusi, Mutiu Adepoju, Victor Agali, Tajudeen Disu , Kadiri Ikhana, Ann Chiejine, Felix Owolabi, Julius Aghahowa, Friday Ekpo, Patrick Udoh, Yomi Peters, Taribo West, Ifeanyi Udeze and Peter Rufai to name a few of the participants viewers can see on air.
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