AFCON 2017 qualifier: NFF to inspect ‘lucky’ Ahmadu Bello Stadium
By; Jacob Onjewu Dickson.
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) will this week inspect facilities and equipment at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna for next month’s 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier between Nigeria and Egypt.
NFF General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, told thenff.com on Monday that the inspection visit will take place on Thursday, and that facilities to be inspected include the playing pitch of the Ahmadu Bello Stadium, dressing rooms, proposed training pitches, scoreboard, sanitary facilities, spectator stands and media facilities.
Sanusi will conduct the inspection alongside the Director of Facilities at the National Sports Commission, Engineer Shehu Ibrahim.
“We will inspect the facilities alongside officials of the Kaduna State Government and the Kaduna State Sports Ministry and Football Association. There is the need to put everything in top shape ahead of this big match.
“The NFF will interface with the Kaduna State Government on the areas that need to be improved upon. We will also jointly put in place a flawless medical and security plan for the match.”
The Super Eagles take on the Pharaohs at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna on Wednesday, 23rd March in one of the Day 3 matches of the Gabon 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualification series. The return leg will be played in Egypt five days later.
Nigeria is currently second on the Group G table with four points from two matches, having beaten Chad 2-0 also in Kaduna in June 2015 and drawn 0-0 with Tanzania in Darel Salaam in September 2015. Egypt remains top of the log with maximum six points, from beating Tanzania in Egypt and Chad away in N’Djamena.
Kaduna has always been a lucky home ground for the national teams.