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Moshood Abiola National Stadium Set to Host FIFA 2022 World Cup Qualifiers, As Dangote Completes Rehabilitation of Pitch

CAF certifies stadium for international matches

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All is now set for football lovers to watch live, next month, the Super Eagles versus the Black Stars of Ghana, in the 2022 FIFA World Cup playoff, at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja.

Minister of Sports, Mr. Sunday Dare, disclosed this, when he and business mogul, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, inspected the stadium, which has been rehabilitated by Dangote Industries Group, through the ministry’s Adopt-a-Pitch initiative.

The pitch, which will host the Falcons versus Cameron on Saturday, now features nursery beds, two digital score boards, 24 sprinklers and assurance of two-year maintenance, as part of the agreement.

Dare expressed appreciation to the multibillionaire for embracing the initiative, saying he is the first to do so, adding that “I want to thank you for investing in the development of our sports and the fruit of that partnership has blossomed into what we see here today.

“I would like to inform you that we have just received CAF certification of this stadium for international matches, which means that the World Cup qualifiers will be played here. This wouldn’t have been possible without your support”, he stated.

In his response, Dangote expressed satisfaction with the quality of work done at the pitch and promised continued support for the development of sports and maintenance of sporting facilities in the country.

“You can rest assured of our continued support. You can always knock on our doors. We shouldn’t allow our stadia to collapse. Nigerians have a very strong love for sports, so, I think we need to complement government’s efforts, to ensure that everything works”, he said.

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