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Delta saved Nigeria's reputation, says FIFA

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Delta saved Nigeria's reputation, says FIFA

Post  Admin on Wed Jan 28, 2009 9:43 am

AFTER inspecting facilities at the Warri Township Stadium yesterday, FIFA Vice President, Jack Warner, was forced to make a confessional statement that the state has saved the country's reputation in its bid to host the 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup.

Warner led other members of FIFA delegation to visit the stadium yesterday in continuation of their inspection of facilities in the country ahead of the World Cup. Before the visit to Warri, FIFA had expressed mixed feelings on Nigeria's readiness to host the championship, going by what the delegation's spokesman, Emmanuel Maradas, earlier described as "unprepared" state of the centers already visited.

Speaking at the end of the visit to Warri, an elated Warner said that Delta State has demonstrated that it is truly the Big Heart of the country. He remarked: "We are very satisfied with the massive and progressive work going on at the Warri Stadium. You have saved Nigeria's reputation towards hosting the championship. Now I can say that your country is ready to host the world."

Warner, who spoke after Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan hosted the team to a luncheon at his Warri residence, could not hide his feeling for the governor. Warner said: "Just as you save lives as a medical doctor, Governor Uduaghan has saved Nigeria's reputation. I am very happy with the good work you have done."

On his part, Dr. Uduaghan assured the visitors that Delta State would host a successful tourney, stating that his administration has a deliberate policy of massive development of sports infrastructure aimed at positioning sports as a viable tool for social mobilisation and youth empowerment in the state. The governor said that all areas, including the artificial turf still being laid at the stadium, would be ready and delivered for the FIFA championship.

Areas inspected yesterday included the playing turf, medical centers, media tribune, changing rooms and designated hotels. FIFA is billed to visit Calabar today. Six venues will be picked from the nine currently in the race to host the event in October.

http://www.ngrguardiannews.com/sports/article02//indexn2_html?pdate=280109&ptitle=Delta%20saved%20Nigeria's%20reputation,%20says%20FIFA

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