The Ebonyi state government has urged the Nigerian Football Federation
(NFF) and other sports authorities to organise matches involving the
national teams and other competitions in the state.
The state Commissioner for Sports and Youth Development, Mr Charlse
Akpuenika said that facilities at the Pa Ngele Oruta stadium are of
international standard and that the fans are very passionate about
football and other sporting events.
“The players and officials who participated at the just concluded
South East/South South pre-season challenge gave eloquent testimonies
about facilities at the stadium and we wish to draw the NFF’s
attention to this fact.
Akpuenika appealed to the Amaju Pinnick led—NFF to organise some of
its engagements in the state and not concentrate most of national
teams’ matches at one geo—political zone.
“We remind the NFF of a letter to supervise facilities at the stadium,
sent to it by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG) and we are
eagerly waiting for the NFF’s response on the invitation.
He noted that the state government spent millions of naira in
renovating the stadium and other sporting facilities in the state and
it intends to put these facilities into good use.
“Facilities at the stadium have been upgraded and they include a
flourishing pitch, provision of 500 and 350 KVA standby- generators
for steady power supply, regular water supply, glassed Very Important
Persons (VIP) stand, among others,” he said.
A Sports Administrator and Coordinator of the South East/ South South
pre-season competition, Mr Patrick Ngwaogu supported Akpuenika’s
assertion, noting that the stadium could host any competition.
“The edifice can host any type of tournament or competition as
competitions such as the one we organised would let the world know
that such stadium exits in Abakaliki.
He noted that hosting of competitions in the stadium would also change
the apathy displayed by fans during the competition which the
organizers noticed during the competition.
Coach of Abia Warriors Football Club of Umuahia which participated at
the competition, Adenrele Moses, described the stadium as stunning and
urged the NFF to organise competitions in it.
“I feel that Ebonyi should have football teams which would play inside
the stadium to make the world know that it exists and can host
The Cynosure Football Club of Abakaliki defeated Abia Warriors of
Umuahia 1-0 to win the south-east, south south pre-season competition.