By BEN NWACHUKWU
THE ever busy Samuel Ogbemudia stadium is wearing a new look as the high flying national U20 women team; Falconets will arrive Benin City, capital of Edo state on Sunday preparatory to the reverse leg of their FIFA U20 Women World Cup qualifier in France against the Moroccan counterparts next Saturday.
The Chairman of Edo state FA, Frank Illaboya who disclosed this to Oraclenews.ng said the Deputy Governor of the state Rt. Hon. Philip Shuaibu visited the stadium on Friday to ensure all that is needed to be put in place for the crucial return match is in place.
“Like I told you the last time, we are on top of the game. The countdown has started. The Falconets will arrive Benin on Sunday straight to Prestige hotel. The deputy governor, Rt. Hon. Philip Shuaibu inspected the stadium on Friday to ascertain that everything is set,” he said.
The Edo state FA Chairman said Benin City is home to Falconets and was full of confidence the football loving people of the state will troop out to support the team to victory.
Illaboya noted that besides giving the stadium a new look, the security arrangement has been made and what is now being waited for is the match to kick off as well as the victory for Falconets, the governor and football loving people of Edo state and Nigerians in general.
He noted further that he is not aware of any form of monetary incentive promised the team by the state government but added, “the last time they played here against Tanzania, our sports loving Governor Godwin Obaseki gave them N5 million after the match. I believe, the government may also give them a surprise after the match on Saturday.”
The Falconets made mince meat of the Tanzanian national U20 women team by whitewashing them 7 – 0 at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin City.