Yenagoa’s chance of hosting her first ever national soccer event this October, may be frittered away unless the state governor , Seriake Dickson takes immediate steps to complete the upgrading of the Samson Siasia Stadium facilities.
A competent NFF source disclosed yesterday that the NFF has resolved to take the final of the female FA Cup now being bankrolled by oil outfit Aiteo to Yenagoa, but the provisional hosting right is tied to the facilities at Samson Siasia Stadium being fully upgraded.
According to our source, the NFF president Amaju Pinnick who early this year visited the Samson Siasia Stadium fell in love with the Geo technology turf being installed at the arena by stadium construction outfit, Monimichelle and wants the state to use the female FA Cup final to showcase the place to the world.
In spite of the fact that the turf is almost ready, the stadium would still not be able to host a high profile game no thanks to the non availability of a floodlight, scoreboard, public address system, dressing room and even public toilet facilities.
Our source said the NFF wants the state governor to quickly order the putting in place of the facilities still lacking at the arena if Yenagoa’s hosting right is to become a done deal.
“It doesn’t make sense for a stadium to have a world class turf only for it not to have even a dressing room and other complementing facilities. What that stadium requires goes beyond having a pitch.
The governor must take urgent step now on this if we are to take the Women’s FA Cup final there,” our source said.