The
Super Eagles may return to Abuja for the Africa Cup of Nations qualifier
against Sudan in October.
This
insinuation was borne out of a visit to the National Stadium in Abuja by the  Minister of Sports and Chairman, National
Sports Commission, Tammy Danagogo, who expressed satisfaction with the state of
facilities at the Stadium, saying that it can host any sporting event at short
notice.
“Having
been through the Main Bowl of the stadium, the training pitch, changing rooms
and seeing the effectiveness of the water sprinklers working perfectly in the
Main Bowl of the National Stadium, I am happy to say that the stadium can host
any sporting event at short notice,” Danagogo said.
The
sports minister who also expressed happiness over the constant power supply and
excellent state of the changing rooms and the state box at the main bowl of the
stadium, stated that efforts were being geared towards the re-grassing of two
additional training pitches to bring the stadium to a standard where a training
pitch would be reserved for the national team, the other for visiting teams and
the third for the general use respectively.
The
Director (Stadium Facilities) Engr. Shehu Ibrahim said that the inspection by
the Minister was to assess the readiness of the stadium to host sporting events
and inspect how the Commission’s capital budget was being spent.
He
reiterated the Minister’s assurance that all facilities within the stadium were
in perfect condition and in readiness to host any sporting event successfully
within a short notice.
Though
the minister did not officially declare that Abuja will host the Sudan game, a person who is close to the situation told naijafootball247.com that there are
moves to bring the national team back to Abuja.
The
last time the Super Eagles played a competitive game at the Abuja National
Stadium was a 2-2 draw against Guinea in 2011 which effectively knocked Nigeria
out of the AFCON 2012 hosted by Equatorial Guinea..

The
Super Eagles have since then played at the U. J. Esuene Stadium in Calabar.

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