Moshood Abiola National Stadium In Abuja Gets New Look
By Lekan Sowande, Abuja.
As the Ministry for Youth and Sports Development continues to revitalise and reinvigorate sports infrastructures across Nigeria, the playing turf at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium in Abuja is now wearing a new look and ready for use.
The turf had taken a blow after heavy utilisation, however it has now enjoyed massive transformation, once again becoming fit for international competitions.
In the aftermath of the Nigeria-Ghana World Cup playoff game, Sports Minister Sunday Dare promised that work will be done on the stadium and the Minister kept to his word, as the turf has returned to a lush state.
The stadium now also has new installed FIFA approved technical and players’ bench, in addition to the revamp on the playing turf, as well as more effective underground water sprinklers.
This development was orchestrated by an increase in the quality of maintenance. The work done was also extended to the training pitches, as two of the training pitches in the stadium have now been brought up to standard for use.
After the revamp of the stadium under the Adopt-a-Facility programme of Sunday Dare, the pitch has hosted the Super Eagles, the Super Falcons, the Flying Eagles (U-20 Boys), the Falconets (U-20 Girls), the Golden Eaglets (U-17 Boys), the Flamingoes ( U-17 Girls) as well as NPFL matches.
This led to a deprecation in the state of the turf. The work done now means the facility is once again ready to host games.
Dare has also reiterated that works at the National Stadium, Surulere and Obafemi Awolowo Stadium will continue to be monitored until their turn around is completed.