Nigeria: Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium Not Ready for CAF Competition

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Director of Competitions in the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Mr. Bola Oyeyode says the current state of the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium is below standard for Africa Football Confederation (CAF) competitions.

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Oyeyode, who made the assertion yesterday in Enugu while speaking with newsmen, said the deplorable condition of facilities at the stadium was nothing to write home about.

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“With the current condition of the stadium, I doubt if CAF will consider the stadium as a venue for its matches,” he said.

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He urged the Enugu State Government to commence an upgrade of the facilities to ensure the stadium would be approved when CAF delegates come for inspection.

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“The structure needs to wear a new look, the rooms are untidy for human use and equally lots of plumbing work need to be done,” he said.

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Oyeyode said that there were some facilities that needed to be provided, especially for the match officials.

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“The stadium needs Wifi network coverage for international observers and the media for proper coverage of matches.

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“At the moment, the stadium stands at 40 percent for CAF approval because we cannot scarifies people’s health, service and comfort on the altar of mediocrity,” he said.

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He said the pitch was an artificial one and was still good but needed maintenance, adding that the dressing rooms, the toilets and the stadium seats needed to be cleaned.

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Oyeyode advised that wood pitch panels be removed from the stadium as they could cause fire.

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He said that government needed to come out and put the stadium in order as Rangers would be participating in the CAF Championships League.

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