Super Eagles Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr has suggested he would prefer to play future games in the Capital, Abuja, but laments the poor playing surface and deplorable state of the National Stadium.
During Friday’s presser in Lagos, where Rohr spoke on Nigeria’s forth coming 2019 African Cup of Nations qualifying match against Seychelles, the German coach siad he had made requests in the past for games to be played in the capital city like is done elsewhere.
‘Particularly, I wanted the Super Eagles world cup farewell game against Congo to be in Abuja. But the paying surface wasn’t so good at the time and though there were assurances that it will be fixed, however, I was later to told we couldn’t play in Abuja,’ Rohr explained.
The Super Eagles gaffer talked about walking into the National Stadium in Abuja and found a church activity with several thousands in attendance and hoped fans will get such arenas to come support his team during home games.
He also described his lessons about the history of the National Stadium in Lagos and what he expects could be done to revamp the structures.
‘I heard the Lagos stadium drew massive crowds; a size of 30,000 or so. I saw a church service recently in Abuja and it was many thousands in attendance. I hope to see such crowds in our home game.
‘In South Africa, they import grass and lay on the grounds and in three or four days the playing surface is ready. It is a solution the authorities can look into for Abuja.’