Ahead of the decisive 2012 Olympics Games qualifier between Nigeria’s Under-23 team and Tanzania on June 18 at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin City, the Edo State government has initiated plans to ensure a successful outing for the Nigerians in the game.
Having lost the reverse fixture 1-0 in Dar es Salam, the Coach Austin Eguavoen-tutored Nigerian team are must beat Tanzanian with at least two goals margin to qualify for the Olympics and in order to actualise this task, the Edo State government, say that all stunts would be pulled to provide the best preparations which would propel the team to a rousing win.
Speaking yesterday, the Commissioner of Sports in the Heart beat state, Iziogbe Anita Evbomwan assured the Olympic team of an eventful stay in Benin City, stating that the government has put modalities in place to ernsure their comfort as they prepare for the game against Tanzania.
A release signed by the Public Relations Officer of the ministry, Precious Igbonwelundu, stated that the team arrived Benin on June 8 and were being camped in the world-class and newly completed Prestige Hotel, which is located just about 100m from the airport and that adequate security have been provided.
“The u-23 team are the first guests to use the magnificent hotel, all thanks to Governor Adams Oshiomhole, who graciously approved the hosting of both matches”, the statement said.
Coach Eguavoen and his players will stay in camp from June 8-26 to enable them train properly for the Olympic qualifier against Tanzania on June 18 and the All Africa Games qualifier against Ghana on June 25. Both games hold at the Ogbe stadium.