Nigeria’s Super Eagles would be excited to see enough fans at the stands to cheer them to victory against Sierra Leone in the November 13 AFCON qualifier at the newly refurbished Samuel Ogbemudia stadium, Benin City in Edo.
President of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick, has described the stadium in Benin as ‘world-class’.
The 15,000-seater capacity stadium is wearing a new look following renovation carried out by the Edo State Government.
Pinnick, who inspected the venue ahead of the Super Eagles game, expressed his delight with the improved facilities he met on the ground.
“There is a tremendous improvement compared to the last time I came, the turf is very brilliant, it’s what you see in world-class facilities. I thank the government of Edo for this facility and we are proud of this achievement,” Pinnick told newsmen.
“The Super Eagles can’t wait to come and play in the state. I’m in touch with the players, who are all excited to be here to play for the country especially, Ahmed Musa, the captain of the team, whose mother is from Edo and he is anxious to play for the nation and his State.
“The NFF will move into the state on Friday, November 9, while the players will start arriving from November 11 and after the game, prepare to fly to Sierra Leone on Friday or Saturday after the game.
“I will communicate all I have seen here to the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the Executive Committee.
I am happy with what we have seen here today, and the Super Eagles will be playing here for a long time.
“We’ve always been thankful to Edo government for being there for the Nigeria football federation, and we thank them for that generosity at every point in time because these are very sensitive times.”