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Dalung: Abuja Remains First Choice To Host Super Eagles Vs Congo Friendly

Dalung: Abuja Remains First Choice To Host Super Eagles Vs Congo Friendly

By Richard Jideaka, Abuja:

Nigeria’s Minister of Youth and Sports, Solomon Dalung, has insisted that the international friendly match between the Super Eagles and Congo DR in May can only be played outside Abuja if National Stadium is not ready, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.

President of Nigeria Football Federation Amaju Pinnick had only last week declared that the match will take place at the Adokiye Amasimaka Stadium in Port Harcourt and went ahead to inspect the stadium with coach Gernot Rohr.

But speaking with media after the opening ceremony of grassroots sports festival in Abuja on Monday, Dalung said the idea to play the match in Abuja was to bid the team farewell to the World Cup in Russia and probably convince President Muhammadu Buhari to attend.

“We are looking at Port Harcourt if by then we are unable to complete work at the stadium here in Abuja,” Dalung said.
“As you can see here work has gone far. Port Harcourt remains our Plan B to host the farewell game. The ides is for the players to mop up the blessings and prayers of Nigerians.

“As for the team’s preparation, we are comfortable with the plans and government is also comfortable with the fund we requested and I believe all things being equal, we shall get deserved response as at when due.”

The Super Eagles, who will face Argentina, Croatia and Iceland at the Russia 2018 World Cup, will play friendly matches with Czech Republic and England after the DR Congo friendly.

COMMENTS

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  • ako amadi 7 months ago

    The important thing is to play the match within Nigeria on a good grassed pitch. Let the matter not be turned into politics. It is good for Mr President to be there, and it is only 40 minutes by his presidential aircraft from Abuja to anywhere in the country, if he wishes to attend. We note that Port Harcourt is now full of air pollution which may affect the health of the players. This country is full of problems!