Monday Apr 03, 2023. 15:00
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has visited Nigeria to inspect facilities for the 2025 Africa Cup of Nations finals.
Nigeria and their neighbours, Benin Republic have put up a joint bid to co-host Africa’s biggest football tournament.
The CAF team inspected stadia, training facilities and other important facilities that will ensure smooth running of the competition according to the following statement.
“Inspectors appointed by the Confederation of African Football are checking out the stadia and related facilities that Nigeria has put forward in a joint bid with Benin Republic to host the 35th edition of the Africa Cup of Nations in the year 2025,” a statement read on Nigeria Football Federation’s official website.
“On the cards for evaluation are the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja; Godswill Akpabio Stadium, Uyo; Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba; Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos; Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin City and; Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna.
“Already, the four-man team of Jean-Louis Romain, Emma Bollet, Didier Levy and Timour Tawfik (accompanied by a couple of Nigeria football officials) has assessed the Moshood Abiola National Stadium in the nation’s capital; Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos; Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba and; the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin City.
“In the nation’s showpiece arena in Abuja, the team was received on Friday night by the Deputy Director (Facilities) of the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports, Mallam Mohammed Rabiu and the stadium managers. They were taken through several sections of the arena and made some observations about some sections.”
The last time Nigeria hosted the AFCON finals was in 2000 as they co-hosted the tournament with Ghana.
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