By Tiamiyu Nurayn Adeyinka
Enyimba International will soon return to their home ground after Abia State Governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu gave the assurance the Enyimba Stadium will be ready for use in six weeks.
Speaking during the inspection of the stadium reconstruction project in Aba on Tuesday, Ikpeazu, who was accompanied by the Nigeria Football Federation president, Amaju Melvin Pinnick, maintained that his administration was bent on delivering the stadium that will stand the test of time when completed.
He revealed that all monies earmarked for the project has been released to the contactor, Ebi Egbe of Moni–Michelle Sports Facility, and that the contractor has assured that in less than a month’s time, the re-grassing of the playing turf will be completed.
‘’You can see that I came with NFF President, Amaju Pinnick, who is also interested in making sure that we have a good stadium for football games, and the contractor, Moni-Michelle Sports Facility has assured that in the next 14 days, the semi-synthetic grass for the re-grassing of the stadium will arrive and the laying will start immediately. We are going to enter into a sub contract for him to also help clean up the surroundings of the stadium. Between now and the next 6 weeks, the stadium should be completed,’’ Secretary Club Owners Association of Nigeria, Alloy Chukwuemeka quoted Ikpeazu as saying on his Facebook page on Tuesday.
Nigeria Football Federation president, Amaju Pinnick stated that Enyimba Football Club remain a brand in African football and that his visit to Abia State is to ensure that the Enyimba Stadium gets fixed.
He said: ‘’ I am a son of the state, as my wife hails from Abia State, so automatically, I’ve got the state at heart and am passionate about what the governor is doing in Abia State.
“We also should remember that the Enyimba stadium in Aba gave Nigeria what no other club in the country has giving, after Enyimba won the CAF Champions League in 2003 and 2004, and I’ve taking it very personal in ensuring that the stadium gets completed in no time and it’s a good feeling and that what the governor is trying to do is to modernize the stadium to international standard.
“Am also here to invite the governor to the upcoming FIFA World Cup, and also to reiterate that the Super Eagles will perform well at the World Sup’’.
Enyimba, who are currently campaigning in the CAF Confederation Cup, have in the last couple of years been playing their home games at the U.J Esuene Stadium in Calabar, the Cross River State capital.