By Salifu Usman, Abuja
Following the unveiling of ambitious World Cup programmes for Super Eagles on Wednesday by the leadership of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), permanent secretary, Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, Olusade Adesola, has reiterated the commitment of the federal government through the ministry to fast track the renovation work on the National Stadium, Abuja, in ensuring that the pitch is refurbished in good time for the Super Eagles’ training and pre-World Cup friendly match.
As part of Super Eagles’ preparation for world cup, their first phase camping will hold in Abuja or Uyo between May 22 to 30, 2018 and they would play Democratic Republic Congo in friendly match during the camping exercise before travelling out to Austria for the second phase camping.
Adesola, while commending the leadership of NFF for the well–tailored and articulate world cup plan by the NFf, assured that the Abuja National Stadium’s pitch would be revamped in good time for the friendly game against Dr Congo on May 28.
He also noted that the federal Government’s unwavering support and the NFF’s diligence, which ensured 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification, has enabled the environment for corporate organizations to journey back to sports sponsorship in droves.
“Indeed, the journey to this epoch making event was made possible by the qualification of the Nigeria Super Eagles for the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals holding in Russia. The event of today would not have been possible but for the dogged support and commitment of His Excellency, President Muhamsmadu Buhari, GCFR to the success of the Super Eagles. Like no other times, the NFF prosecuted the qualifying matches without having to go with cap in hand. The entire sports community express sincere gratitude for the support by the federal government.
“This is commendable. I see a lot of excitement among the leaders of the football community here and I am equally enamoured by the clear –cut nature of the World Cup plan.
“The federal government is working to ensure that the pitch of National Stadium, Abuja is revamped in good time for the Eagles’ pre-World Cup friendly against the Democratic Republic of Congo on Sunday, 28th May.”
The match against Congo will be the first time Super Eagles will be playing at the nation’s capital since they defeated Sudan 3-1 on October 15, 2014, in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.
The stadium, which was built in 2003, hosted the All Africa Games same year. It was supposed to home all the nation’s national football teams but the Nigeria Football Federation was forced to seek alternative venues as the Super Eagles relocated to Uyo while the female national teams now play in Benin.