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Dangote agree to renovate MKO Abiola Stadium, Abuja – Sports Minister

Valentine Chinyem



Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote has agreed to renovate the MKO Abiola Stadium, Abuja.

This was made known on Thursday by the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, while addressing news men.

He said the renovation which will begin in two weeks time, will include the football pitch, the light and score board.

“Yes, Abuja is coming back up,” he said.

“Already we have gotten Dangote, I can say that he has agreed to bring back the Abuja football pitch, the light and score board.

“Work will start in another one week or two weeks.

“And we will use the same model, we will adopt the pitch model for several of our stadia. Atleast, the three other big ones.

“We are looking at between now and March we should have four big stadia, football pitches, FIFA standard.

“And I think if given time, within a year this country should be ready to host virtually any FIFA soccer tournaments.”

Recall that the 2nd leg tie of the Africa Women’s Cup of Nations qualifier between Super Falcons of Nigeria and the Senegalese female team, was the last competitive football game held in the MKO Abiola Stadium, on April 12, 2016 and since then, the stadium has been lleftt to rot.