Sports minister reveals plan to play Eagles vs Zambia match in Surulere National Stadium

1284, Surulere National Stadium

Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr. Solomon Dalung has revealed that the Nigeria Football Federation is considering Surulere National Stadium, Lagos, to host Nigeria against Zambia 2018 world cup qualifying match scheduled for Oct 2, 2017.

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Dalung hinted this on Wednesday in Lagos during an inspection of the stadium alongside Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode in preparatory for the handing over of the stadium to Lagos State government.

The minister, who lamented the sorry state of the multi-purpose stadium, expressed confidence in the ability of the State Government to transform it.

“We have gone round and we have seen the edifice in a sorry state. Whatever we can do to arrest the situation, we must do it. In my village, there is an adage, which says once there is fire disaster, there is no choice of liquid and any liquid that can contribute to extinguishing the fire, must be mobilized including liquor. But today, we have a disaster and we must do everything possible to extinguish it.

“I want to thank the Governor for finding time to come. I have received what I can call football gossip from football federation that if the Surulere Stadium is handed over to Lagos and renovated in six months, the next match of Nigeria against Zambia would be played here,” he said.

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