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Enyimba’s Felix Anyansi confident Aba Stadium will pass CAF test

01:01 SAST 2018/08/26
Felix Anyansi Agwu
The People’s Elephant top official has expressed his optimism that the Enyimba International Stadium will get the CAF’s nod

Enyimba chairman, Felix Anyansi Agwu says he is confident that their Wednesday Caf Confederation Cup tie with CARA Brazzaville of Congo will be held at the refurbished Enyimba International Stadium, Aba.

CAF officials inspected the stadium on Thursday and after submitting their reports the football ruling body in Africa will rule almost immediately on it if the stadium will be given the express approval or an alternative will be sought.

Anyansi who conducted the CAF officials round the edifice and answered most of the questions asked pointed out that work on the stadium has reached about 98 per cent completion and that they are optimistic that CAF would allow the game to go ahead in Aba.

“I don’t think there is no particular area that we did not try to put in place,” Anyansi told the media.

“All the facilities are ready but we are doing finishing touches to put them in fine shape. They know that if they give us approval, the match will be played on Wednesday. In the next two days or thereabouts some of the other areas would have been in place.

“We are doing clean up. A lot of massive cleaning is going on right now and putting things in perspective to ensure the game is played in Aba. They inspected so many things including the toilets, the doping room, the match commissioner room, the media room, the referees’ room. They looked at the floodlights and wanted to be sure if the floodlights are on.

“Obviously in that area work is still ongoing. While we are here you can see that the lights are on but there are still a few things to be done to ensure it is up to the required standards. There were lots of documented questions and they took notes.

“They were specific with their questions. I believe that to some extent we are like 98 percent ready to host the game. We still have more days to tidy it up and get it to the required 100 percent.

Though Anyansi agreed that it would be hard to determine the assessment of the CAF officials that visited the Enyimba Stadium, Aba but that he is certain that they were satisfied with the answers given them and what they saw themselves.

“It is difficult for me to really define what the true assessment should be,” Anyansi further stressed.

“Obviously in my own opinion I think CAF inspector is impressed with the level of the job done so far but I believe that he is going to report back to CAF and CAF will have the final say.

“It is not possible for me to decide what is in his mind or what he is going to write or his true impression about the facilities. It is difficult for anyone to come here without being impressed with the spate of work.

“I think they have seen the stadium and its readiness to host the Caf Confederation Cup and they are going to write their reports and we will wait for the response from CAF.

I will appeal that we shouldn’t be in a hurry to know the response but we should keep praying that CAF also should in their own wisdom be able to give us the final approval to have this particular game against CARA played in Aba next week.”