Abuja - President Goodluck Jonathan was at the Abuja National Stadium on Wednesday to watch the Super Eagles’ evening training session as they prepare for Saturday’s Nations Cup qualifiers against Liberia in Monrovia.
Addressing the players shortly after their training, the President decried the poor state of infrastructure at the stadium.
He said he was not happy that the edifice was not properly maintained as it had been overgrown with weeds.
Jonathan ordered the management of the stadium, to immediately correct the anomaly and put the edifice in its proper state.
He urged Super Eagles players to work towards success in Monrovia.
The national team is billed to slug it out with Liberia in a qualifying match for the 2013 African Nations Cup in South Africa.
The president said that sports hold a strategic position in his administration’s agenda and promised that he would re-invigorate the sector.
He recalled that earlier in the day he set up a special committee at the Federal Executive Council meeting to look at how the lost glory of the nation’s sports could be restored.
Jonathan called for a re-enactment of the Atlanta 1996 Olympics Game, during which Nigeria won some medals, and expressed the belief that the country could regain its lost glory in sports.
Jonathan was accompanied by Vice President Namadi Sambo and Gov. Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers.