ASABA GEARS UP TO HOST AFRICA.
Intensive construction work is ongoing at the Asaba Township Stadium, Asaba, Delta State, Nigeria, as it prepares to host one of African’s most spectacular event, the Confederation of African Senior Athletic Championship.
Leading a high powered delegation of AFN and ASABA 2018 Local Organising Committees (LOC) members to the State, for on the spot assessments of the levels of preparediness of Asaba Stadium for the African high premium Athletics event, the AFN Chairman, Hon. Engr. Ibrahim Shehu-Gusau, Wednesday, expressed delight at the high pace of work at the Asaba Township Stadium.
Hon. Shehu-Gusau who was accompanied on the inspection tour by AFN Technical Director, Mr Sunday Adeleye, AFN Secretary General, Mr Amaechi Akawo and the Technical Sub-committee Chairman, Asaba 2018, Mr Yusuf Ali, Prof. Emmanuel Ojeme, Martins Amanzi, Patrick Onyedum Estate and joined by other members of the LOC, which included Tonobok Okowa and Victor Onugagamue, the Delta State Sports Commission Chairman and Director General respectively, the chairman thanked Governor Okowa for his endorsement of the Championship, and expressed optimism that the Stadium will be of high social and economic value to the State when completed.
Also speaking to newsmen, Mr Yusuf Ali, who is the Chairman of the Technical Committee of the event, expressed his delight at the rate of work at the Stadium and humorously said, “I would have love to roll back the years so l can compete in the Championship as the facility is sure to aid better performances of the athletes.” And added, “I am very impressed with what the Chairman of the Delta State Sports Commission, Chief Tonobok Okowa is putting up here, if only I could roll back the years, it will be nice to also compete in the Championship’
“I know the athletes will return faster on this track and jump further in Asaba.”
He further said that he is very impressed with the innovation been put in place at the track and noted that Asaba Township Stadium will be the first to have 100m both ways track in Nigeria.
“The plan for the Asaba Stadium is a masterpiece, we are having the first 100m both ways track in Nigeria, first of its kind and the stadium is also being built in such a way that the crowd will be close to the action; such electrifying atmosphere always brings out the best in athletes,” Alli noted.
Alli also said he was sure that Asaba will be the benchmark for future Athletic events in Nigeria and expressed his appreciation to the governor for hosting championship which he said will leave a huge legacy in the history of Sports in Nigeria.
“The completion of the stadium will have a huge positive socio-economic impact on the state and Nigeria generally.”
“At the rate they are going, I am 110 per cent sure the stadium will be delivered on time.” Alli concluded.
The 2018 edition of CAA Championship will also serve as trials for the highly competitive and lucrative 2018 IAAF World Cup in Athletics.
In this light, it is expected that the cream de la cream of African athletes and global leaders of the Sport will be in Delta State to have a feel of what the oil rich States will be offering.
The Championship is billed to take place on 1 – 5th August 2018, it is expected to attract the CAA President, Hamad Kalkaba Marbourn and his executives.
In the words of AFN secretary General, Amaechi Akawo, “Asaba will bubble during the Championship.”