The choice of Agege Township Stadium located in a close-packed area of the Lagos metropolis for the 2017 maiden AITEO Cup Final by the organisers is logical and administrative, says Deji Tinubu, the Chairman, State Sports Commission.
“The choice of Agege stadium as venue for the cup is logical and administrative.
“The use of the stadium means so much to us as it had played host to the CAF President, Ahmad Ahmad and other CAF executives. So, it is a right step.
“The facilities at the stadium are of high standard that can host any final because we harp on quality infrastructure in Lagos State,” he told the Newsmen on Monday.
The stadium had played host to the maiden AITEO Cup final displacing the former host, Teslim Balogun Stadium in Surulere with thousands of spectators and football supporters on hand to watch the oldest cup match in the country.
Akwa United football club defeated the Niger Tornadoes 3-2 on penalty shootout after a goalless full time to emerge winner for the second time in a space of two years, having won it in 2015 under the name, Federation Cup.
Tinubu said:“This stadium will also play host to the continental championships which we are looking forward to, they must have used the opportunity to access the facilities at the stadium.
“The organisers asked us for venues and they made their choice which is logical and administrative. They have their criteria, ours is to get the venue ready.”
On the bid by the Lagos State Government to take over the National Stadium adjacent to the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Tinubu said the plan to acquire it was still on, adding the proposal has yet to be approved by the Federal Government.
“We have submitted the bid and we are awaiting response from the federal government for approval, if we are awarded the bid, it is okay and if not, we will move on.
“We have our plans for sports infrastructure in the state and we will not continue to sit down and watch such an iconic facility rot away under our nose.
“Sports remains one of the the sectors we want to use to drive the economy of the state as identified by Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode.
“The administration has identified critical sectors such as sports, tourism, and entertainment to drive the economy, hence, sports infrastructure development is critical,’ ‘he said.