With uncertainty surrounding the host for the 2019 African Cup of Nations following the stripping of Cameroon, a top facility expert and a member of Nigeria’s top pitch construction company has argued that Nigeria has more than enough facilities to host the rest of the continent, AOIFootball.com reports.
Ebi Egbe, who is a sports facilities expert, advised the Nigerian government to consider bidding for the competition in order to further solidify the country’s claim as the giant of Africa.
The Chief Executive Officer of Monimichelle, a stadium construction outfit, Egbe noted that given the number of stadia available in the country, it could in three months be ready to host the continent.
“We have so many good stadiums in the country. All that they lack is good playing turfs, which can be fixed in less than three months. The stadiums in Abuja, Uyo, Enugu, Port Harcourt, Asaba, Katsina, Lagos, Makurdi, Aba, Kano, Kaduna, Gombe, and Bauchi can host any major international competition.
“All that the government need do is to re-grass the pitches. Talking about hotels, there are good hotel facilities in all of these cities and they all have airports and these are the things CAF would be looking out for,” Egbe said.
He further added that his outfit, which did the pitches in Katsina, Makurdi, Aba and Yenagoa stadiums can get the pitches of all the stadiums ready in two months if the federal government shows interest in hosting the tournament.
He stressed that Nigeria can use AFCON 2019 to address the problem of poor playing pitches which Super Eagles’ Coach, Gernot Rohr, only last week lamented about.