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Hope Here Is That Fans Don't Have Power Trip

June 02, 2002

Nigeria's notoriously unreliable electricity company appealed to the public not to embark on "an orgy of destruction" if power failures interrupt televised World Cup games.

The National Electric and Power Authority, whose acronym NEPA is referred to by Nigerians as "Never Enough Power Anywhere," placed full-page advertisements in newspapers pleading: "Please don't take the law into your own hands. We plan to deliver."

Nigeria played its first game of the tournament against Argentina late Saturday.

Compiled by Jim Barrero

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