Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki is confident that Edo State would complete all 20 Mini Stadia currently undergoing construction across the State.
Obaseki said the relevant authorities are working full swing to complete all infrastructural work for the mini stadiums ahead of the FIFA U20 Female world cup and the National Sports Festival both schedule for next year.
The Edo State Governor gave the assurance during a meeting with a delegation of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and the FIFA inspection team at Government House in Benin City.
Obaseki said the revamp of the Samuel Ogbemudia stadium which is near completion would host various local and international sporting events.
“We take sports seriously in the state because 72 per cent of our population is under 30 years of age. We are building 20 mini-stadia across the state and four of the stadia can be used as practice fields,” he said.
The governor added that the fibre optic cables being laid across Benin City metropolis would provide the infrastructure to broadcast matches, adding that the Benin Specialist Hospital would provide the needed medical services.
Earlier, the NFF President Amaju Pinnick said the inspection team has also visited the Lagos State government and was in Edo State to assess its sporting facilities ahead of the 2020 Women’s Under-20 World Cup competition.
The NFF boss commended the governor for reviving sports in the state especially the repositioning of Bendel Insurance Football Club.
“You have done a lot for football development in the country and the Nigerian football community wants me to thank you for the role you played in ensuring our girls qualified for the last under-20 World Cup.”
He added that Edo would also be hosting a match between the Super Eagles and the Benin Republic on November 11 as well as the NFF Annual General Conference.