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NFF APPROVES UYO STADIUM FOR NIGERIA-SOUTH AFRICA MATCH

 

The Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) specialized council, have communicated fulfillment over the present condition of the playing turf of the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, which will have the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier between the Super Eagles and South Africa in two months.

The inspection team was led by the Chairman of NFF Technical and Development Committee, Chris Green.

After the inspection, the team told the NFF’s official website: “Every inch of the field is covered by grass and the grass is lush green. Julius Berger (the company that built the stadium) has commenced work on the field for the purpose of bringing it to the best standard possible. Every other facility is in good condition.

“The condition of the field, as it is now, is good enough for matches to be played on it. The Akwa Ibom State Government has continued to show desire and commitment to hosting the match.”

Green added: “We are delighted with the state of the playing turf and other facilities at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium.

“I can tell you that the pitch is just as it was when the Super Eagles played Algeria in the World Cup qualifier in November last year.

“The fact that Julius Berger has also started some work on the turf is even more re-assuring.

“They are adding manure, and afterwards will do cutting and rolling, and they have the benefit of the weather at this period. By the time we host South Africa on 10th June, the pitch will be one of the very best anywhere in Africa.”

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Mr Ibah further added that, Prince Ituen sponsored the largest ever football tournament in the state codenamed, Akwa Ibom State Community Shield, where the champions, Ikot Obio Atai FC, smiled home with one million naira prize money, among other rewards for participating teams. Over 90 teams from the various clans and villages in Akwa Ibom State participated in the tourney, he noted. 

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