The playground of the national stadium in Surulere in Lagos could host the Super Eagles and other international matches by May 2021, said the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Dare.
The minister said that during the inspection tour of the national stadium Surulere, Lagos, which is in the phase of rehabilitation.
Dare said, “It is high time we have a familiar ground for our national teams. The Moshood Abiola Abuja National Stadium and the Surulere National Stadium, Lagos, will be ready to host matches next year and that will be a big plus for our teams when they have a familiar pitch.
“This arrangement implies an adoption initiative which is a public-private model that we have developed. We were able to pass this on to the private sector. We spoke to philanthropist and sports enthusiast Sir Adebut Keshington, who was convinced of the proposal. He is someone who has the youth of this country in his heart and he has done so much to support the youth and the development of sports.
“As a form of CSR, it is committed to securing funds in the amount of 100 percent, and we have no doubt that it will be completed in May.
“The stadium has a rich history with people like Christian Chukwu, Segun Odegbami and many former internationals who played in an unforgettable building that hosted so many international competitions. An engineer working on the site assured that the stadium would be ready for use by May next year. “
Dare also assured the Nigerians that the stadium would be properly maintained.