Awka, Dec. 3, 2020 Ebi Egbe, Chairman of MoniMichelle Sports Construction Company, says the Awka Township Stadium still under construction will be among the best in Nigerian upon completion.
Egbe said this while addressing members of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), Anambra Chapter, who were at the stadium’s site on in Awka on Thursday as part of activities marking Anambra SWAN WEEK 2020.
The theme of the WEEK is “Promoting Sports Through Responsible Journalism”.
He said the first phase of the project consisted of hybrid grass football pitch, eight-lane World athletics standard track, five metre setback around the arena which could be used for social events and top-notch medical room.
He explained that the main pitch was being installed with the latest technology that had zero undulation, underground cooling systems to keep the grass constantly wet, a 12mm shock absorber and 45mm premium lead-free grass which has a 12-year warranty.
The sports facility experts described the pitch as the most crucial aspect of stadium construction, adding that most pitches in the country failed African Football Confederation (CAF) test in spite of the size and beauty of the super structure.
He commended Gov. Willie Obiano for opting for the best technology in this part of the world, and urged sports writers to support the revolution in Anambra sports sector.
“This stadium will be one of the best installations by me in Nigeria, everything we are doing here is with the best technology in the industry, the pitch is all that matters in stadium construction.
“We are using hybrid grass of 45 mm shock absorber on zero undulation ground and we expect that it will last between 12 and 14 years with good maintenance culture.
“So, I must commend the Anambra Government which has taken it upon itself to give the best to the people,” he said.
Emmanuel Ndukuba, a former chairman of SWAN in Anambra, lauded the pace of work on the site and called on the contractor to execute it according to specification.
Ndukuba said the people of Anambra had yearned for a state-owned standard sports facility and lauded the government’s efforts toward addressing that.
On his part, the SWAN Chairman, Tony Oji, said SWAN was willing to partner with both the private and public sectors on sports development.
Oji, who applauded the political will in executing the project, said SWAN members would do the much they could to promote activities in the sector.
The project is expected to be completed before the end of 2020 and that the final match of the community Shield going on in the state will be played on the pitch on Dec. 28.