Rohr Laments ‘Unplayable’ Abuja National Stadium
Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr has lamented the poor state of the National Stadium in Abuja.
Rohr earlier in the week inspected the Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna, and many believe the Super Eagles will be camped in the city before traveling to Victoria where they will play against Seychelles in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier on September 7.
Nigeria will host Libya’s Mediterranean Knights on Match Day 3 on October 10, and Kaduna is seen as the favourite host.
Rohr, who has coached other African countries like Burkina Faso, Niger and Gabon, said those teams play their matches at the capital, but Nigeria’s case is different.
"It is regrettable that the Super Eagles does not have a home ground for matches, I have worked in several African countries and National teams play in the capital.
“The last time I checked, the Abuja stadium was unplayable. Nigeria deserves better." Rohr said.
The stadium has last hosted a competitive Super Eagles game about a decade ago, but has since been abandoned.
Rated among the 50 most expensive in the world, the Abuja National Stadium consists of a 60,491 capacity covered main bowl, presidential suite and viewing area, 56 corporate suites, modern turnstiles, box office, post offices, banks, media facilities, among others.
Awarded in year 2000 to Schlaich Bergermann and Partners at $360 million under the administration of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, the stadium was completed during the buildup to the 8th All African Games (COJA) 2003.
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