Dangote will renovate MKO Abiola Stadium – Sports minister

MKO Abiola Stadium, Abuja Credit: BBC

Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare has said billionaire businessmen, Aliko Dangote has agreed to renovate parts of the 60,000 capacity MKO Abiola Stadium, Abuja.

Dare stated this on Thursday while addressing journalists, stating that work will begin in the next two weeks.

The minister disclosed that the renovation will include just the football pitch, light and scoreboard.

“Yes, Abuja is coming back up,” he said.

“Already we have gotten Dangote, I can say that he has agreed to bring back the Abuja football pitch, the light and scoreboard.

“Work will start in another one week or two weeks.

“And we will use the same model, we will adopt the pitch model for several of our stadia. Atleast, the three other big ones.

“We are looking at between now and March we should have four big stadia, football pitches, FIFA standard.

“And I think if given time, within a year this country should be ready to host virtually any FIFA soccer tournaments,” TheCable quoted him to have said.

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