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Rangers Will Return To Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium In February – Contractor Assures



Contractor Assures Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium Will Be Ready In February

Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium Will Be Ready In February – Contractor Assures

The construction company handling the renovation of the playing pitch of Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Enugu, Reform Sports West Africa Limited has promised that the work will be completed next month and Rangers International FC will return to their home base.

Speaking in an exclusive interview in Abuja, the Project Manager, Architect Sani Mohammed regretted the delay in completion of the project and disclosed that the “Flying Antelopes” will return to the stadium to conclude their 2023 Nigeria Professional Football League, NPFL season.

Arch Mohammed explained that the delay in completion of the project was due to technical and logistical issues.

“We appreciate you for reaching us to get our side of the story.ñ on the remodeling of Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Enugu. We are a construction company, Reform Sports West Africa Limited. We remodelled the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, built UNEC (University of Nigeria Enugu Campus) Stadium as well as Rangers Camp/training pitch all in Enugu in 2009. Specifically, during the FIFA U-17 World Cup which Nigeria hosted and Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium was selected as one of the stadiums to host matches.

“We built the UNEC Stadium and Rangers Training Camp to global standard. And we delivered these projects within the time limit.

“It is unfortunate that the remodelling of the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium is taking this long, and the delay is not our making. We encountered technical and logistical issues along the line and we appealed to the Enugu State Government for extension of time, which they graciously granted.

“We apologise to the good people of the state for the delay in the completion of the project but I want to assure you that Rangers will return back home in February to finish their league season.

“The astro turf arrived in Lagos inFebruary and we have made concerted effort to clear them. We are grateful that our effort is yielding results because the turf will arrive Enugu this week. The stadium is 98% completed.

“Reform Group West Africa is not new name in construction ND renovation of sports facilities in the country. We renovated Dan Ayiam Stadium in Owerri, we are renovating Lafia City Stadium in Nasarawa State. The score boards in Enugu, Calabar are our works. Our works ate numerous in Nigeria football/sports ecosystem,” he said.

Other stadium renovated by the Reform Sports West Africa Limited include Tafawa Balewa Stadium, Bauchi Abacha Barrack Abuja military formation pitch, Akure Township Stadium, Ondo State

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NCF/PwC U17 Cricket Tourney: Federation Extends Starter packs to all States



In order to encourage all the states taking part in the 4th edition of the National U17 Cricket Championship powered by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), the Nigeria Cricket Federation, ably led by Mr. Uyi Akpata,  is extending additional starter packs to all the states taking part in the playoffs across the 6-geo political zones of the country.

In a statement issued on Thursday by the NCF General Manager Emeka Igwilo said that the donation is a morale booster to the states for sustaining the game in their states.

According to the statement, this is coming after the distribution of two different consignments over the last three years. All the 36 states and the FCT got the initial consignment from the Bankstown Community, Australia. 

“After the distribution of the Equipment from Australia which was facilitated by ICC Africa, NCF also followed it up with the distribution of the NCF Customized equipment imported from outside the country and that one’s also imported through the ICC Criiio initiative. 

“The States, Schools, NGOs and Development officers that have been deploying the equipment into use have continued to receive booster packs to support their grassroot development and growth.  It has been a healthy development to support those that help NCF build their scorecard and NCF will not relent in its approach to get the States take ownership and responsibilities of growing the game in the country of over 200 million. 

“The Board of the Nigeria Cricket Federation during its Board meeting of 28th Dec 2022 resolved to sustain the growth by re-jigging the growth plan in line with the current projections. This will come during the Strategic Session/AGM when the Development Plan, submitted by the Development Committee to the NCF leadership, will be reviewed.”

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