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FIFA picks Enugu, commends Chime

By Tony Edike

ENUGU—FIFA Vice President, Jack Warner, yesterday, commended the government of Enugu for putting in place standard facilities at the Nnadi Azikiwe Stadium in readiness for the  U-17 world Cup to be hosted by Nigeria from October 24  to November 15.
Warner was particularly happy that most of the facilities needed at the stadium for the exercise were ready.

“Although you are not fully ready, but I am satisfied at the level of work accomplished so far. I am happy at what I have seen during this tour,” Warner told journalists at the end of the tour of the facilities at the stadium.

He told Enugu officials: “We are satisfied that you worked within the specifications and observations of FIFA. We acknowledge that your delays stemmed from the fact you had to re-do the sub-base. ‘It is in recognition of that we have given you the next nine days to get the pitch match-ready.
“Additionally, your minister of sports, Sani Ndanusa has given guarantees that government will appropriately intervene, where necessary to ensure full completion of all facilities.

“The only area to work on is the pitch. Other facilities are first class. I want to say that Enugu is a centre for 2009 World Cup. I must admit that I am so far satisfied at the efforts that have gone into your preparation of the venue where the event will hold. What I have seen today here makes me happy.”
Warner and his team inspected the main bowl, the dressing rooms, VIP lounge, the score board, Flood lights, Media Centre and all the conveniences.

“I am happy at the level of sanitation, good road network, infrastructure,” Warner said but  advised the state government to sustain the tempo so as to leave legacies.
The FIFA team also praised the newly installed platform to seat camera one describing it as “an ingenious engineering work.”

Earlier, the Chairman, Enugu Sub-Seat, Chidi Okenwa-Offor told the FIFA delegation that  although the main pitch was not match-ready because of delays experienced over reconstruction of the sub-base, the state was determined to do a thorough job.
Warner accompanied by Sports Minister, Ndanusa and Amos Adamu, FIFA Executive member, later paid a courtesy visit to Governor Sullivan Chime of Enugu State where he declared that the facilities he saw on ground in Enugu sub-seat would meet FIFA requirement when completed.
Governor Chime in a remark said that he was happy that Enugu had been chosen as a centre for the global event and commended the team for their forthrightness.


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