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Nest Of Champions Indeed

Nest of Champions
Posted: Sep 10, 2016 at 11:31 am   /   by   /   comments (0)
Last Saturday, the 30,000 seater ultramodern Godswill Akpabio Stadium, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, played host to the Nigeria Vs Tanzania football match.
Though not much was at stake as the two sides were already out of contention for qualification for next year’s edition of the African Cup of Nations, it was a unique game for newly appointed German-born coach of the Super Eagles, Gernot Rohr, being his first outing, to showcase his ability.
Much as the Nigerian players tried to show their new handler their dexterity on the field of play they could not score beyond a goal. Taking note of what was happening on the field of play, the coach after the energy-sapping encounter complained bitterly about the turf with a vow not to bring his boys to the stadium again unless what he noticed about its poor condition is corrected.
The good news is that the Akwa Ibom State Government has agreed that the coach’s complaint was genuine and that it would do the needful. What is most shocking about this revelation is that the stadium, whose construction was handled by highly-rated structural engineering firm, Julius Berger for a sum of $96million, was officially opened less than two years ago (November 7, 2014) with a match between fringe Super Eagles stars and Ghana’s U-23 team.
The people of the state are now wondering if the change of the stadium’s name from the Akwa Ibom International Stadium to Godswill Akpabio Stadium is not the cause of all this. So much for a nest of champions.