Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - Saturday's first-ever victory of Chelsea in the European Champions League was celebrated in style thousands of kilometres away from the venue by incredibly-passionate Nigerian football fans, most of them also fans of the English club.
Indeed, if Chelsea had been a Nigerian team, the celebrations that greeted its 4-3 penalty penalty victory over German club Bayern Munich could not have been bigger.
Street parties erupted in several Nigerian cities as the fans celebrated Chelsea, Ivorian star Didier Drogba who made the victory possible and Chelsea's Nigerian star midfielder Mikel Obi.
According to local media reports on Sunday, thousands of fans poured onto the streets in wild jubilation, singing and dancing in Mikel Obi's birth place of Jos in northern Nigeria.
Many of the celebrants wore Mikel's Chelsea number 12 jersey to show their support for the midfielder and his English club.
Obi's parents and other family members are reportedly planning a party to celebrate the victory on Sunday.
In Nigeria's most populous city of Lagos, fans simply went wild in spontaneous celebration, with many besieging drinking joints to wash down hot pepper soup with chilled drinks.
Some fans raised the bar of celebration when they dressed up a cow in Chelsea colours and paraded it around town, before slaughtering it for a celebratory feast.
-0- PANA SEG 20May2012