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Sports minister laments dilapidated National Stadium in Lagos

04 January 2016, 18:10Israel Ojoko

Lagos - Minister for Youth and Sports Solomon Dalung has lamented the country’s sporting facilities in Lagos that are in a dilapidated state.

Speaking during an inspection tour of the main bowl, swimming pool, Tennis court, and National Institute for Sports at the National Stadium in Lagos on Monday, Dalung lamented that that the facilities have long been abandoned without proper maintenance and regular sporting events.

“The main bowl of the national stadium and other facilities here are in a bad state. I think the last time the football pitch hosted a major match was almost 20 years ago, he said.”

I’ve gone round and seen facilities, they are not in good condition.”

Also read: Sports Minister to inspect National Stadium Lagos

He however promised to bring the stadium back to life, but said on his return to Abuja, he will study reports available to him, before taking action on the renovation.

When the stadium was built in 1972, it had a capacity of 55,000. The capacity was then reduced to 45,000 in 1999. The record attendance is 85,000 and was taken in the final match of the African Cup of Nations in 1980 between Nigeria and Algeria.

It hosted several international competitions including the 1980 African Cup of Nations final, the 2000 African Cup of Nations final, and FIFA World Cup qualifying matches. It also served as the main stadium for the 1973 All-Africa Games

For unknown reasons, the National Stadium has been left to dilapidate since 2002. It last hosted a national team game in 2004.

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