The Adokiye Aimesimaka Stadium will host next month’s international friendly game between the Super Eagles of Nigeria and their DR Congo counterparts, and this is official.
Rivers State Commissioner for Sports, Boma Iyaye, announced this on Thursday after the state and the NFF struck an agreement for the Eagles to play their farewell game at the place where they started their journey to Russia in November 2015 when the Eagles defeated
Swaziland 2-0 to qualify for the third round of the African qualifiers.
Rivers State governor Nyesom Wike led the Rivers State team while the NFF team was led by its president, Amaju Pinnick, with Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr in attendance at the high-profile meeting held at the government house in Port Harcourt on Thursday.
Iyaye told the media after the meeting that River State will ensure the Amiesimaka Stadium is ready for the game come May 28 and thanked the NFF for remembering that the Eagles started the World Cup journey in the Garden City.
“Governor Wike has done well in terms of funding national sporting events.He hosted the African Wrestling Championship on behalf of the Federal Government.
Now he is hosting the Super Eagles and Democratic Republic of Congo on behalf of the Federal Government. This is something that is worthy of commendation,” said Iyaye.
Pinnick commended the Rivers State Government and the people of the state for their unflinching support for the Super Eagles and expressed satisfaction with the state of facilities at the Adokiye Amasiemaka Stadium.
“We are playing on the 28th of May, 2018 against the Democratic Republic of Congo. After the match, the Rivers State Governor will host the two teams to a dinner”, he said.
He said that the CAF President will watch the International Friendly in Port Harcourt.
“Everywhere is home to the Super Eagles. Lagos, Port Harcourt, Uyo, Kano, Kaduna or Minna. They are Super Eagles of Nigeria and every part is integral to the development of football,“ Pinick said.