By Jerry Asiegbu
The Lagos Sub-Seat ofthe Local Organising Committee for the FIFA Under-17 World Cup meant well by fumigating the Nigeria Institute for Sports, NIS, soccer pitch meant to serve as a training pitch for the FIFA Under 17 World Cup that kicks off tomorrow. But that action which was to control pests has now turned a frustration.
Just 24 hours before the kick off of the world championship, the hitherto green turf has withered following the effects of the fumigation. The fumigation, according to a staff of Mallorca Nigeria Limited, the company that handled the re-grassing of the pitch, was done on Tuesday, and on Wednesday, the pitch turned brown.
The Mallorca staff who did not want his name in print said he resisted the people that came to do the fumigation, but they claimed that they had contract to do so.
The name of the firm that handled the fumigation could not be ascertained immediately. He explained that they have their own pest control fumigants which are friendly to the grass they planted and had planned to fumigate that pitch and that of theÂ main bowl yesterday. He wondered why another contract for fumigation would be awarded. He lamented that â€œthe good work that took them over four months to accomplish was destroyed within 10 minutes.â€
The Mallorca staff added that the chairman of the Lagos Sub-Seat had come to assess the extent of damage, promising to get in touch with the fumigation firm to see how the ugly situation could be remedied. Efforts to reach the Sub-Seat chairman for explanation were fruitless. However, the stadium manager who looked worried declined comments.