One of Nigeria’s and indeed Africa’s top sports complex, the Adokiye Amiesimaka Sports Complex in Rivers State is to be formally opened in 2013.
This follows the schedule that the 36 thousand seater stadium would be completed early next year and delivered to the Government of Rivers State.
According to the Rivers State Commissioner for Sports, Hon fred Igwe, the target for the completion of the main bowl, will not change from early next year when it is expected to be completed.
The Sports Commissioner, who was on an unscheduled inspection of the facility yesterday said that the stadium named after one of Rivers born former national team footballer Chief Adokiye Amiesimaka, would be delivered to the people of Rivers Stsate in 2013.
“This project is at the centre of Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi’s schedule to make certain it is completed and put to full use.
“We are working in line with his expectation and to ensure we deliver a high standard facility to the people of the State and the world.
“The main bowl is 80 percent completed with the roof nearly covered.
“The major work we are focusing on now is to plant the right natural grass for use,” he said.
He further said that, the sports complex would be open to high profile sports competition as well as serve national and local sports tournament.
“In addition to many national and international tournaments we will host, we are optimistic that Rivers State will be the next home ground for the Super Eagles immediately the main stadium is completed,” he said.
The other sports arena in the complex include the aquatic centre of two Olympic swimming and diving pools, the football arena with a natural grass field for tracks and field events and two training
pitches, the hockey pitch, the shooting range, basketball courts, tennis courts, two indoor sports halls, handball courts that are already completed and in good use.
Infantino Reveals How Nigeria Can Host FIFA Competitions
FIFA President, Gianni Infantino last Thursday, in Abuja, revealed how Nigeria can be made a destination for top Grade A football matches and FIFA competitions.
Infantino gave the insight when the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare took him on a tour of the renovated main bowl of the MoshoodAbiola National Stadium.
The FIFA boss, who was visibly happy with the re-grassed pitch at the stadium, said well-maintained stadia with good pitches were key to hosting grade A matches.
He said FIFA was ready to work more closely with Nigeria to develop the game and host more grade A matches in the country.
“We (FIFA) have to make sure when a country, when a government with the President, the minister and private persons are investing in football, in stadia, we work with them to give something back.
“It’s obvious that stadiums like this (MoshoodAbiola stadium) and others in Nigeria deserve the best quality games.
“They deserve top national team games, top club games and it’s not just about Nigerian football or African football, it’s about global football.
“We are working together to see what kind of new opportunities, competitions we can bring for men and women to fill this stadium and make the heart of the stadium beat for the fantastic spectacle that all of the Nigerian love, which is football,” he said.
Earlier, the minister said the Federal Government will continue to invest in sports development and facilities.
Tidesports source reports that the FIFA President, in the company of the minister, had earlier visited President Muhammadu Buhari at the Statehouse, as part of his engagement.
Why NFF Must Offset Rohr’s Salaries, Bonuses – Aikhomogbe
Former Nigerian goal keeper, Andrew Aikhomogbe has called on the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) to resolve every outstanding salaries and bonuses owed to the Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr before the next World Cup qualifiers against Central Africa Republic (CAR).
Aikhomogbe made this known on the backdrop of the football body’s recent deal with Baba Ijebu.
Although the financial details of the deal was not disclosed, Aikhomogbe in an interview with Newsmen from his base in Cairo, Egypt, stated that the NFF should use this platform to offset Rohr’s salaries and bonuses.
“It’s a big delight to know that the Nigeria Football Federation have signed a deal with Baba Ijebu and this will serve as an opportunity for them to use part of the money to pay Rohr’s salaries and bonuses.
“There is no better time to motivate him than now before Nigeria’s next 2022 World Cup qualifiers against the Central Africa Republic (CAR) on October,” he said.
Enyimba Players Vow To Support Finidi
Enyimba FC Goalkeeper, John Noble has stated that the players of the People’s Elephants will be key to the success of the newly appointed coach of the team, Finidi George.
Finidi, signed a two-year deal with Enyimba and oversaw his first full training session with the team on Thursday after a cameo appearance on Wednesday.
Speaking in a chat with Tidesports source, Noble gave his assessment of the coach in his first session under the manager and believes the former Super Eagles winger has what it takes to lead the team to the next level.
He added that the Enyimba players will be the ones to hand Finidi George his success at the club.
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