Lagos to host Super Eagles, Lesotho AFCON Qualifier




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Ten years after last hosting an international match, the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere, Lagos will again come alive as the edifice is set to host another international encounter.

The Teslim Balogun Stadium will be hosting the Super Eagles versus the Crocodiles Lesotho in the Cup qualifier billed for March 30.

To ensure the are in order, Nigeria senior football team manager, Gernot Rohr yesterday came on an inspection the and was satisfied with what he saw.

The Franco-German hailedthe state the dressing rooms inspite the fact one or two things still needed to be in place, but berated the fact there would be no crowd to watch the encounter due to the is ravaging the world.

Though the Bayern Munich player complained about the grass which he said was overgrown but was quickly reminded the match was about seven weeks away and the grass would be trimmed as the game draws nearer.

“The match is about seven weeks away and the grass would be within the next three weeks. What you are seeing in place is about 15 weeks work. We tried about five types of grasses before we arrived at this, which is one of the best in the world,” , Lagos State Sports Commission, Sola Aiyepeku explained.

“By bringing the Super Eagles back to Lagos, we will also be boosting the economy of the state, especially the communities closer to the stadium, Aiyepeku said.

The Lagos State Sports Commission indeed expressed thanks to the state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu for his unflinching support for sports development in the state.

For the first vice president, Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, Seyi Akinwunmi, there is no negotiation on where the Super Eagles Lesotho match would be played.

“We’ve been working on the Teslim Balogun Stadium’ long before now. NFF President, Amaju Pinnick and I have inspected the before now and we’re satisfied with what his on ground,” Akinwunmi said.

Reacting to Rohr’ complaint about the grass, Akinwunmi said not matter what you put in place the would react like that as a way of challenging you to do better.

“He reacted the same way about Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, in Uyo, Akwa Ibom and the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin. That seems to be his style, the first Vice President of NFF noted.

With the hosting of the Super Eagles-Lesotho match, Lagos is hoping to show the hospitality of the state.

The Super Eagles will host Lesotho on March 30, an a victory will ensure that Nigeria book a place to the 2022 AFCON in Cameroon with a game to spare. ()