Abuja - The national under-17 team, the Golden Eaglets on Tuesday thrashed Amakson Soccer Academy 5-1 in a friendly match played at the National Stadium Abuja.
Tthe match was in celebration of a successful renovation and handover of the stadium pitch to the National Sports Commission (NSC) by Julius Berger Plc.
The Minister of Sports, Malam Bollaji Abdullahi, commended the contractor for a job well-done.
Abdullahi expressed joy over the completion of the renovation, noting that plans were on for regular maintenance of the pitch.
"The handover of the pitch to the NSC is an indication that normal sporting activities will return fully to the FCT.
"There will be regular activities at the stadium henceforth. The Abuja Stadium remains the pride of sports in the country,’’ he said.
Kola Balogun, representative of Julius Berger Plc, gave the assurance that the pitch would be maintained for another six months in partnership with the NSC.
Balogun said that adequate arrangement would be made for proper maintenance before the contractor finally hands-off the pitch.
Other side attraction at the handover ceremony was a live performance by some Nigerian artists, among who were Whizkid, Ice Prince Zamani and White Nigerian.
Some secondary schools in Abuja also competed among themselves as part of the celebration, and winners went home with trophies and prizes.
Contract for the rehabilitation of the Main Bowl pitch of the National Stadium Abuja was awarded to Julius Berger in January, after a disruption of power supply to the stadium.
The disruption affected the regular wetting of the pitch which made it to be overgrown by weed.
The work done by Julius Berger included removal and replacement of the topsoil and planting of the approved specie of grass.
The contractor watered and nourished the grass as well as provided new water sprinklers for the stadium.