Tuesday, May 15, 2012


Organisers for the Arsenal tour to Nigeria in August have disclosed they plan to fix the Abuja National Stadium pitch ahead of the tour.
Arsenal's grounds men three weeks back visited the Abuja National Stadium to take first-hand information on the state of the pitch.

According to a three-page report sighted the Abuja stadium turf was declared dead and needs to be out rightly replaced.

The grounds men also recommended a fresh soil culture for the stadium whose pitch has gone four months without been watered.

He added, "We need to do this because we don't want any kind of injuries by the Arsenal players. We are committed to having the Wenger boys here. That is why the grounds men at the Emirates came here. So, the pitch you would see on August 2 would be same you watch week in, week out at the Emirates."

On how soon the works would start on the pitch, our source, who was also pivotal in the coming of Manchester United, said, "We have two months before the game and that is enough time for our grounds men to finish the job.

“But we have to first inform the National Sports Commission because we expect to get part refund for the work on the pitch."

On how much it would cost Arsenal to put the pitch in shape?

He reluctantly said,"It would be in the region of 20 to 25 million Naira."

The NSC had earlier said it would cost the country about over 75 million Naira to fix the Abuja National Stadium turf during a house committee on sports visit to the arena.


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