Works begin on stadium ahead of U-17 World Cup in Nigeria

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As part of efforts to meet the prescribed standard for hosting the 2009 FIFA Under-17 World Cup, to be staged in Nigeria, work has started on the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium in the country’s South-eastern city of Enugu.

The stadium is one of those to be inspected by a team from the world governing body FIFA, which is due in Nigeria 10 Oct. for its third inspection visit.

A major part of the work at the stadium is the laying of the artificial turf on the main pitch.

Already, the company handling the project, Lagos-based Potentate Ltd., has scraped off a third of the surface in preparation for laying of the artificial turf.

Company Chief Executive Officer Emeka Ukpabi said Potentate would work with Green Fields Sports Turf Systems of the Netherlands as technical partners on the project, and that the artificial turf would be in place in four months.

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