… bids to take over National Stadium
Lagos State government is planning to replace the artificial carpet at the Teslim Balogun Stadium with natural grass turf.
According to the Director General of the Lagos Sports Council, Adewunmi Ogunsanya, replacing the turf with natural grass will enable the state to host most of the Super Eagles matches in future.
The last time the Super Eagles played in Lagos was in the early days of former coach, Samson Siasia, who led the team in a friendly against Liberia. And with the poor state of the National Stadium, also in Surulere, the senior national team has played their international games in every part of the country except Lagos.
“We want to attract international matches to Lagos, which in the first place the home of Nigerian sports.To achieve that, we will change the technology to make way for sprinklers and other ancillary facilities that will make the pitch suitable for big games.”
Ogunsanya also revealed that the state will bid for the National Stadium, to bring it back to life.
“We bided for the National Stadium some time ago but our bid was rejected by the then Federal Government. We will bid for it again because that facility has to be put to proper use if it must function as the hub of the country’s sports development,” he said.