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
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
“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
“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.