The national senior male team coach, Jose Peseiro, has described the 30,000 -capacity Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo, also known as the Nest of Champions as a world-class stadium with modern facilities.
Peseiro who was in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital, as a guest for the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) Match Day 35 between Akwa United and Plateau United on Saturday, was guided on a tour of the stadium facility on Sunday by the senior special assistant to the governor on sports and chairman of Akwa United Football Club, Elder Paul Bassey.
The Portuguese alongside his assistant, Acacio Santos,inspected the natural grass in the main bowl, the two training pitches, dressing rooms, referees room, conference rooms, and the stadium environment among others.
Speaking after the inspection tour, Peseiro said he was impressed with the facilities at the stadium, adding that despite being used weekly by Akwa United and Dakkada FC for their NPFL matches, the quality of the pitch as well as the facilities have been properly maintained.
“This is a good stadium, feels like Europe and the standard of the facility is world-class. I came here to watch the match and to check the stadium and I must say that the stadium is big and in a nice condition, “said the coach.
Asked if he will recommend the stadium for the Super Eagles of Nigeria, the coach said, “I am happy that aside from Abuja stadium we have another big stadium here, I am going round to inspect the stadia we have in Nigeria and at the end, I will give my advice and the NFF will take the decision, it is not up to me,” he added.
The Portuguese had complained about the poor turf of the MKO Abiola Stadium, Abuja, prior to the Super Eagles 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against the Leone Stars of Sierra Leone a few weeks ago and the Super Eagles will face the Djurtus of Guinea-Bissau in their next game in the qualifiers in September.