Paul Osuyi, Asaba
President of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Mr. Amaju Pinnick, has lauded the Federation of International Football Association (FIFA) for approving the 25,000 capacity Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba, Delta State for international football matches.
Pinnick who spoke on Sunday after alighting from South Africa alongside other members of the Super Eagles, from South Africa, added it was a thing of pride for the Super Eagles to travel through the Asaba Airport.
“When it was announced yesterday (Saturday) that we are boarding and flying to Asaba, it gave me great joy, it shows that God rules supreme in Delta State. We have qualified for AFCON and we are going to Cameroon to make great impact.
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“On behalf of NFF, I thank the governor and the good people of Delta State for their show of enthusiasm since the Super Eagles came, that stadium is wonderful and the Super Eagles will beat Uganda in their friendly match, remember that the Ugandan Team has also qualified for AFCON,” Pinnick said.
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa who represented by his Chief of Staff, Tam Brisibe received the team at the airport, describing the first international flight into the Asaba Airport as momentous as it brought back the Super Eagles from south Africa after qualifying for AFCON.
“This is momentous bearing in mind that the flight successfully took the Super Eagles to South Africa and came back without hitches.
“It is more gratifying to note that the Super Eagles trained at the Stephen Keshi Stadium before leaving for South Africa through the Asaba Airport; they went to South Africa and qualified for Cameroon 2019.
“The principal thing was qualifying for Cameroon and by God’s grace, we have qualified for AFCON, we congratulate the Super Eagles for making Nigeria proud.”