The EFL Cup, popularly known as the Carabao Cup, is back and better. Football teams from all tiers will be competing for the domestic trophy that is being given by the English football leagues management body.
Big teams or small, everyone has equal opportunity to progress and headline a final showdown at the iconic Wembley Stadium. A Premier League team is expected to win the 2023/24 EFL Cup but fans will look forward to good performances from all tiers.
Upper tier teams joined the 2023/24 EFL Cup on 29 August and here's how to watch them in Nigeria.
Nigerians in the EFL Cup this season
The second round of the EFL Cup began on 29 August 2023. The first round kicked off on 8 August and now, the big boys have come into the fray.
Teams in the lower tiers of the English football league system will now get a chance to upset the balance of English football by beating a Premier League team. They will write a fairytale story if they make it all the way to the final.
But while that is highly unlikely, fans will look forward to watching them face the big teams for a number of reasons, including entertainment.
Nigerian national football team fans will also join others who tune in to the EFL Cup (or Carabao Cup, as it is commercially known), to check out players who they will be waxing lyrical about.
Fulham's Calvin Bassey is sure to enjoy a good run in the competition, as will Leicester City men Wilfred Ndidi and Kelechi Iheanacho.
Red-hot striker Taiwo Awoniyi will most likely come in the latter stages of the competition as Steve Cooper will rest him more for the rigours of the Premier League. Super Eagles prospect Destiny Udogie will also be important for Fulham in the competition, just as he is becoming important for them in the Premier League.
They will all be competing in the second round and beyond with hopes of reaching the final on Sunday 25 February 2024.
Here is the full EFL Cup schedule for the 2023/24 season.
|EFL Cup Rounds||Start Dates|
|1st Round||8 Aug 2023|
|2nd Round||29 Aug 2023|
|3rd Round||25 Sep 2023|
|4th Round||30 Oct 2023|
|Quarter Finals||18 Dec 2023|
|1st Semi-Final||8 Jan 2024|
|2nd Semi-Final||21 Jan 2024|
|Finals||Sunday, 25 Feb 2024|
Where to watch EFL Cup in Nigeria
Supersport Africa holds the rights to English football broadcasting in Africa. Seeing as it is available in Nigeria, fans will have to tune in to watch EFL Cup matches.
To watch Supersport in Nigeria, a DStv or a GOtv decoder is needed. A subscription to the Supersport channel is also needed, else the DStv and/or GOtv decoders will be useful for everything else but the EFL Cup.
Nigerian fans can also subscribe to the DStv Now app to watch their favourite teams battle it out for Manchester United's EFL Cup crown on the go.
This article was most recently revised and updated 3 weeks ago