Still smarting from failing to gets Fifa's nod to host the 2020 U20 WWC the Minister of Youth and Sports, Sunday Dare, has promised Nigerians four football pitches of international standard which will be built and completed before the end of the first quarter of the year 2020.
The minister in his New Year message via his twitter handle said that talks were ongoing with a state government and some corporate players on how to revitalize the Obafemi Awolowo Stadium (below) in Ibadan formerly known as Liberty Stadium.
Talks are ongoing concerning the renovation of the Obafemi Awolowo Stadium, formerly, Liberty Stadium with government and a few private individuals. Our goal is to deliver four FIFA standard pitches by the first quarter of 2020 by God’s Grace.
It will be recalled that last year, billionaire businessman, Aliko Dangote and sports betting owner, Adebutu Kessington said they will take up the renovation of the MKO Abiola Stadium (above) in Abuja and the National Stadium (below) in Lagos.
The minister, however, did not list the other stadia to be upgraded to FIFA standard before the end of April this year.
The minister also promised the return of the famous Principal's Cup and the Headmaster's Games which were used in the past to discover talent.
"Soon, the Headmasters' Cup for primary Schools and Principal's Cup (are) coming back, a new Talent Hunt Program, THP, is being finalized, Adoption Initiative is birthed and the policy to turn sports into a business are being pursued among other things," Dare also revealed.