Super Eagles may return to Abuja for Sudan

The Super Eagles may return to Abuja for the Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Sudan in October.

This insinuation was borne out of a visit to the National Stadium in Abuja by the  Minister of Sports and Chairman, National Sports Commission, Tammy Danagogo, who expressed satisfaction with the state of facilities at the Stadium, saying that it can host any sporting event at short notice.

“Having been through the Main Bowl of the stadium, the training pitch, changing rooms and seeing the effectiveness of the water sprinklers working perfectly in the Main Bowl of the National Stadium, I am happy to say that the stadium can host any sporting event at short notice,” Danagogo said.

The sports minister who also expressed happiness over the constant power supply and excellent state of the changing rooms and the state box at the main bowl of the stadium, stated that efforts were being geared towards the re-grassing of two additional training pitches to bring the stadium to a standard where a training pitch would be reserved for the national team, the other for visiting teams and the third for the general use respectively.

The Director (Stadium Facilities) Engr. Shehu Ibrahim said that the inspection by the Minister was to assess the readiness of the stadium to host sporting events and inspect how the Commission’s capital budget was being spent.

He reiterated the Minister’s assurance that all facilities within the stadium were in perfect condition and in readiness to host any sporting event successfully within a short notice.

Though the minister did not officially declare that Abuja will host the Sudan game, a person who is close to the situation told that there are moves to bring the national team back to Abuja.

The last time the Super Eagles played a competitive game at the Abuja National Stadium was a 2-2 draw against Guinea in 2011 which effectively knocked Nigeria out of the AFCON 2012 hosted by Equatorial Guinea..

The Super Eagles have since then played at the U. J. Esuene Stadium in Calabar.
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