By Akeem Busari
The clamour of Soccer loving Nigerians for a return of the Super Eagles to play its matches in Lagos, would soon become a reality.
According to Prince Anthony Adeyinka Adeboye, Senior Special Assistant on Sports to Lagos State Governor, the state government, through the state sports commission have embarked upon massive renovations and constructions of sports facilities across the state.
Speaking in an interview with journalists on Nigeria Sports Centre WhatsApp group, the affable sports administrator and President of Lagos based amateur side, Smart City football club, stated that the government is determined and committed to the provisions and improvement of sports facilities in the state. He added that it points to the plans to make Lagos State regain its pride of place as the leader in sports in the country.
” We remain committed to improving sports facilities across different parts of the state. We understand the importance of using sports to empower, encourage and of course, take the youths off the streets.
” Already, works have started at Teslim Balogun stadium and the Onikan stadium, which has been rebuilt to a world class facility, ” he quipped.
On the desires of football fans to see the Super Eagles back to Lagos, he restated that it would become a reality, as the state sports commission and other relevant agencies are working around the clock to improve on the stadiums and raise it to international standards.
” I can assure you that our amiable and hardworking governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu is equally committed to the development of sports in the state. He is a sports lover. And I can confirm that he is also desirous to see the Super Eagles return to play its matches in Lagos.
” Remember the good old days of Nigerian football. The national stadium in Surulere, Lagos, was home to the various Nigerian national teams. We have defeated several top teams and also won many titles at that famous stadium. I want to reassure soccer fans that those sweet days would return soon,” he enthused confidently.