CAF approves Samson Siasia Stadium for Bayelsa United, CS Sfaxien game
Diri congratulates Igali on NWF reelection
The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has approved the Samson Siasia Stadium in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, for the first leg of CAF Confederation Cup clash between Bayelsa United of Nigeria and CS Sfaxien of Tunisia.
The match is scheduled for Sunday, October 17.
A letter conveying the approval sent by email to Nigeria Football Federation’s (NFF) Secretary-General, Mohammed Sanusi and signed by Mohammed Sidat, CAF’s Club Licensing Senior Manager 1 (Development Division), stated: “We acknowledge receipt of the letter request and pre-inspection report with photos and videos of the Samson Siasia Stadium.
“After analysing the information and in accordance with the stadium requirements for the CAF Interclubs 2021-22 season Second Preliminary Round, we inform you that the stadium is approved for this round.”
The letter also indicated that another inspection might be required for the group stages if Bayelsa United qualify for the next round.
The approval puts to rest speculations about the stadium, particularly its football pitch’s eligibility for continental games involving Bayelsa United.
In the first round played at the same stadium on September 19, Bayelsa United overpowered AS Ashanti Golden Boys of Guinea 4-2.
Meanwhile, Governor Duoye Diri has congratulated the state’s Commissioner for Youth and Sports Development, Daniel Igali, on his recent re-election as president of the Nigeria Wrestling Federation (NWF).
In a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary (CPS), Daniel Alabrah, the governor described Igali as a ‘round peg in a round hole.’
He said whether as a wrestler or an administrator, Igali has always brought pride to the state and indeed Nigeria as a whole.
“Daniel Igali is a perfect and shining example of a round peg in a round hole. His re-election as president of NWF did not come to me or citizens of the state, as a surprise.”
“He is hard working and always strives for excellence. The results are there to show for his commitment and dedication. I urge him to continue with the good job of discovering and grooming young wrestlers for our country,” the statement added.