Ahead of next month’s 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying match between Nigeria and Algeria at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo, the Nigeria Football Federation inspection team has been monitoring ongoing renovation work at the stadium, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.
After the first tour of the venue on Saturday the second inspection has been fixed for Tuesday, while the final inspection will come up on Wednesday, 2 November 2016.
Super Eagles players were not happy with state of the Uyo stadium pitch when they faced Tanzania there in September, prompting the NFF to promise to effect changes.
According to a media release from the Nigerian Football Federation, the Deputy General Secretary, Dr. Emmanuel Ikpeme; Assistant Director (Technical) Siji Lagunju and Chief Sports Officer, Sunday Okayi were taken on the tour of the venue by Monday Uko, the Akwa Ibom State Commissioner for Youth and Sports and the Commissioner for Special Duties, Etido Inyang.
The consultant to Julius Berger, the construction company handling the work, was with the team.
“It is a task that we are approaching with all seriousness, and we want to appreciate the Akwa Ibom State Government for the seriousness that it is also attaching to this important task,” Ikpeme told thenff.com.
Also last Thursday, NFF 1st Vice-President Seyi Akinwunmi and Chairman of the Technical and Development Committee, Chris Green, as well as Ikpeme, held a meeting with Uko to discuss logistics in order to ensure seamless organization of the big match.