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Jonathan to commission Akwa Ibom Stadium

07 November 2014, 12:22Israel Ojoko

Uyo - There is a big buzz in the South –South region of Nigeria as three Heads of Governments from across the West African sub –continent gather for the elaborate commissioning of one of the most magnificent sporting infrastructure in Africa.

President Goodluck Jonathan, will lead Ghanaian leader, John Dramani Mahama and Ivorian Head of State, Alassane Ouattara to the Akwa Ibom International Stadium, Uyo on Friday, with Governor Godswill Obot Akpabio as Chief Host.

Akpabio is showcasing the majestic facility, which has already been approved by the Confederation of African Football for the crucial 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier between Nigeria and South Africa on November 19.

Also read: CAF inspector gives Akwa Ibom Stadium green light

The 30,000 – capacity venue, with a bullet –proof State Box that has 70 seats, has been described by the Vice President of Ghana Football Association, Fred Crentsil (who was sent by CAF to inspect the venue) as being “among the best you can find anywhere in the world.”

The high point of the commissioning is an international friendly match between the Home –based Senior National Team of Nigeria, Super Eagles B, and the U-23 National Team of Ghana, nicknamed Black Meteors.

Friday’s match, and the atmosphere, will provide the perfect tenor for the 2015 Cup of Nations qualifier between the Super Eagles and the Bafana Bafana in less than a fortnight.

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