Enugu – The Enugu State Commissioner for Sports, Charles Ndukwe, has assured football fans that the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium will be fixed to Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) standard within the next seven days.
Ndukwe gave the assurance when he spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu on Friday.
Mr Bola Oyeyode, Director of Competitions, Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), did a pre-CAF inspection on the stadium and advised for a massive clean-up and fixing of some facilities.
Ndukwe said that the ministry officials were already meeting with the stadium manager and some members of the state’s Football Association to itemise all fittings and facilities needed to be fixed.
“The meeting also involved doing the costing for items to be bought or replaced as well as payment for services of technicians and craftsmen that would fix them.
“We need to ensure that bulb and florescence lights in the stadium, whether within and outside the rooms, are okay.
“There would be plumbing and thorough cleaning jobs done in the toilets as well as ensuring an effective water reticulation system in the stadium from its giant overhead tank.
“The seating and seats will be attended to as well as Wifi or internet network coverage for international observers and the media for proper coverage of matches,’’ Ndukwe said.
The commissioner said that each bulb of the floodlight would be fixed, while the two giant generating sets in the stadium serviced to ensure optimal performance in case CAF choose to play its matches at night time.
“In a nutshell, the stadium will wear a new look after we finish the massive facelift on it.’’
Ndukwe noted that “The Cathedral’’ – Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium – had being hosting international football competitions and other sports tournaments.
“We will successfully meet up with CAF standards and be one of the best hosts in terms of facilities and hospitality,’’ he assured.
Rangers will host JS Saoura of Algeria on Feb. 18 in Enugu in a second leg encounter, which will be the first CAF match at the “The Cathedral’’ – Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium.
However, the Enugu-side will play the Algeria team on Feb. 10 in a first leg encounter.