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Sports Veterans want Buhari to revive National Stadium, Lagos


THE Association of Sports Veterans of Nigeria at the weekend made a passionate appeal to President-elect, Gen. Mohammad Buhari, to revive the National Stadium, Lagos, to life.

For years, the National Stadium in Lagos, which used to be the Mecca of sporting activities in Nigeria, had been abandoned, leaving the edifice to rot away.

But the Sports Veterans, led by Chief Jonathan Ogufere, said in Lagos at the weekend that the Buhari administration would serve Nigeria’s sports well if he revived the National Stadium in Lagos.

“In those good old days, all the visiting teams coming to play against our national teams in Lagos were afraid of the crowd. But all that has disappeared now, especially since all our national teams no longer operate in Lagos. The situation of the National Stadium in Surulere is pitiable and I want the incoming President to look at it as quickly as possible. We want a venue where the people loves sports to host our football matches,” he said.

The Sports Veterans also called on Buhari to depart from the recent norm by appointing only a technocrat for the position of Sports Minister when picking his cabinet.

Among those present at the Sports Veterans forum were former Super Eagles assistant coach Joe Erico, a pioneer member of the Nigerian Football Supporters Club, Prince Isidore Oduah, former broadcaster, Fabio Lanipekun, CAF Media Committee member, Paul Bassey and retired FIFA licensed referee, Linus Mba.

Also present at the gathering were Managing Director of Complete Communications Ltd., publishers of Complete Sports newspaper, Mumuni Alao, Brigadier Adebiyi, retired sports journalist, Peter ‘Pecos’ Osugo, and Editor of Saturday Vanguard, Onochie Anibeze, among others.

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