Jonathan Commissions Akwa Ibom Int’l Stadium Today

Jonathan Commissions Akwa Ibom Int’l Stadium Today

There is a big buzz in the South –South region of Nigeria as three Heads of Governments from across the West African sub –continent gather for the elaborate commissioning of one of the most magnificent sporting infrastructure in Africa.

President Goodluck Jonathan, GCFR will lead Ghanaian leader, Dr. John Dramani Mahama and Ivorian Head of State, Dr. Alassane Ouattara to the stately Akwa Ibom International Stadium, Uyo this evening, with Governor Godswill Obot Akpabio, CON, as Chief Host.


Akpabio is showcasing the majestic facility, which has already been approved by the Confederation of African Football for the crucial 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier between Nigeria and South Africa on November 19, as one of the key points of his uncommon transformation of the oil –rich State.

Apart from Presidents Jonathan, Mahama and Ouattara, a number of Governors from across Nigeria are expected, while President of Nigeria Football Federation, Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick and some Executive Committee members and Management staff arrived in Uyo on Thursday evening.


The 30,000 – capacity venue, with a bullet –proof State Box that has 70 seats, has has been described by the Vice President of Ghana Football Association, Mr. Fred Crentsil (who was sent by CAF to inspect the venue) as being “among the best you can find anywhere in the world.”

The high point of the commissioning is an international friendly match between the Home –based Senior National Team of Nigeria, Super Eagles B, and the U-23 National Team of Ghana, nicknamed Black Meteors.

Friday’s match, and the atmosphere, will provide the perfect tenor for the 2015 Cup of Nations qualifier between the Super Eagles and the Bafana Bafana in less than a fortnight.

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  • taeso orabuni 7 years ago

    big kudos to His excellency the governor of Akwa of ibom state .Obong Godswill Akpabio

  • elewure 7 years ago

    most of us cant wait to see the much-talked about magnificent uyo stadium. How I wish we play our under 23 team as well.

  • Chosen Victor 7 years ago

    Congratulations to the government of Akwa Ibom state.

  • Michael Omotor 7 years ago

    Great soccer facility and a very beautiful environment in that part of the country.

  • udeme Gabroz 7 years ago

    Am so proud to be an Akwa Ibomite a big kudos to ma ano mkpo inam governor HE Chief DR Godswill Obot Akpabio