Abuja – The Nigeria Football Association (NFA) on Tuesday will on Jan. 31 inspect the facilities of the country’s four clubs involved in continental competitions this year, an official said on Tuesday.
NFA’s Head of Inter-club Activities, Emmanuel Adesanya, said in Abuja that four NFA officials would carry out the simultaneous inspection.
Enyimba International FC of Aba and Kano Pillars FC are representing Nigeria in the CAF Champions League.
Also, Warri Wolves FC and Bayelsa United FC of Yenagoa will play in the CAF Confederation Cup.
Adesanya said the four officials would inspect the stadiums and hotels the four clubs would use for their home matches.
“Rafiu Yusuf, an NFA Chief Technical Officer, will be inspecting the Warri Township Stadium for Warri Wolves while I (Adesanya) will be inspecting the Samson Siasia Stadium in Yenagoa for Bayelsa United.
“Siji Lagunju, the other Chief Technical Officer, will inspect the Enyimba International Stadium in Aba for Enyimba International FC.
“Lawrence Katken, who is of the Competitions Department and also Secretary of the Nigeria National League (NNL), will be in Kano to inspect the Sani Abacha Stadium for Kano Pillars,” Adesanya said.
He said the essence of the inspection was to ensure that the facilities were in good condition.
“We are expecting CAF to come for the final inspection by the first week in February, but we want to inspect the facilities first.
“This is to protect our image at the continental stage and to also ensure that our players and officials get good reception too when they go for their away matches,” Adesanya said.
The first round first leg matches in the CAF Champions League will hold between Feb. 7 and Feb. 9, with the return leg fixed for between Feb. 14 and Feb. 16.(NAN)