AFCON 2025 Bid: CAF team inspects Nigeria’s Stadia Facilities

By Alexander Johnson Adejoh

Inspectors appointed by the Confederation of African Football are checking out the stadia and related facilities that Nigeria has put forward in a joint bid with the Benin Republic to host the 35th edition of the Africa Cup of Nations in the year 2025.

On the cards for evaluation are the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja; Godswill Akpabio Stadium, Uyo; Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba; Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos; Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin City and; Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna.

A statement by the spokesperson for the Nigeria Football Federation, Ademola Olajire, recently, said already, the four-man team of Jean-Louis Romain, Emma Bollet, Didier Levy and Timour Tawfik (accompanied by a couple of Nigeria football officials) had assessed the Moshood Abiola National Stadium in the nation’s capital.

It has also assessed Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos; Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba, and the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin City.

In the nation’s showpiece arena in Abuja, the team was received on Friday night by the Deputy Director (Facilities) of the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports, Mallam Mohammed Rabiu, and the stadium managers. They were taken through several sections of the arena and made some observations about some sections.

Last Saturday the team stopped over at the Teslim Balogun Stadium which was under extensive renovation, and they were received by the Executive Chairman of Lagos State Sports Commission, Sola Aiyepeku, alongside the Director General, LSSC, Toyin Gafaar Bolowotan and; the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Grassroots Development, Anthony Adeboye.

At the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba as Sunday, the Executive Director of Delta State Sports Commission, Chief Tonobox Okowa (who is also President of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria) was joined by the Director General, DSSC, Chief Chris Anazuih and the Chairman of the Delta State Football Association, Chief Kenneth Nwaomucha as the team went round the facility.

Results of NPFL Increase Day 12

Following are the results of Match Day 12 fixtures played on Sunday April 2 in the 2022/2023 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).

Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL)

Following are the results of Match Day 12 fixtures played on Sunday in the 2022/2023 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL), as well as the Match Day 13 fixtures:

Doma United 2-1 Niger Tornadoes

Wikki Tourists 3-1 Dakkada FC

Kwara United 0-1 Shooting Stars

Rangers International 1-1 Lobi Stars

Plateau United 1-1 Bendel Insurance

Akwa United 1-0 Enyimba International FC

Remo Stars 0-0 Gombe United (game suspended)

Bayelsa United 5-1 Abia Warriors

Rivers United vs Sunshine Stars (postponed)

Match played on Saturday:

Nasarawa United 1-2 El-Kanemi Warriors

The following are Match Day 13 fixtures

Saturday, April 8

Bendel Insurance vs Kwara United

Dakkada FC vs Doma United

Lobi Stars vs Abia Warriors

Enyimba International FC vs Plateau United

Sunday, April 9

Wikki Tourists vs Bayelsa United

Gombe United vs El-Kanemi Warriors

Sunshine Stars vs Rangers International

Akwa United vs Nasarawa United

Niger Tornadoes vs Rivers United

Shooting Stars vs Remo Stars.