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Confirmed: Port Harcourt To Host Super Eagles Vs DR Congo Friendly

Confirmed: Port Harcourt To Host Super Eagles Vs DR Congo Friendly

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.

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  • With the soot in PHC, are they going to play with nose mask?

    Why not stick to the Uyo that we are used to.

  • Djeniko 5 years ago

    The pitch in the Abuja Stadium is in a poor state. I believe so. Moreover I heard ie I read, that attendance at the Stadium is also poor. Either the residents are not interested in football or the location of the Stadium is too off the town, making transportation to and from the Stadium stressful. All these will not be encouraging to the boys and it will give a negative vibes. Worse case is that it will show the world the carelessness of our sport administrators for leaving the Stadium to such a deplorable state. Too bad. If not for all these negativity, National teams usually play all their matches at the National Stadium. This is the norm in every country. Nigeria should not be an exception. I will advocate this, that FIFA should fine any country that does not play their National team matches at the National Stadium except when the Stadium is under renovation or they don’t have a National Stadium. A bad pitch is no excuse for the fine.

  • ako amadi 5 years ago

    Port Harcourt is more serious than Abuja in terms of sports. Even if you offer them free food and drinks Abuja residents will still not go to the stadium to watch football. The place has no culture

  • ako amadi 5 years ago

    Actually I must correct the statement made earlier that “it is the norm all over the world” to play international matches at the “National Stadium” That msy be the case in England alone.

  • Not all countries play their matches at a particular stadia.

  • Yes..and also the Abuja stadium is well situated but I strongly believe that Abuja ppl doesn’t have interest in football. 

    • Nwagunobi Anthony 5 years ago

      I strongly believed that the stadium is in bad state and that match should have be play in abuja so that the President of the country can talk to the boys and encouraged them to do well.I notice that since buhari Mohammed enterpost he has not watch any supper angles match.I think this is only opportunity for he to show that he support sports in the country.