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NEWS UPDATE: Reported CAF ban of Bayelsa stadium false, misleading – Sports Commissioner

NEWS UPDATE: Reported CAF ban of Bayelsa stadium false, misleading – Sports Commissioner

The Bayelsa Province Commissioner of Youths and Sports, Hon. Daniel Igali, has denied the reported ban of the football pitch of the Samson Siasia Stadium, Yenagoa by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) ahead of Bayelsa United’s home game against CS Sfaxien of Tunisia.

According to him, the written report is mistaken, misleading and an endeavor to blackmail the Bayelsa Province Regime into awarding maintenance contract of the pitch to a sure contractor.

DAILY POST learnt that one of the national dailies yesterday reported that CAF took a painful choice to ban playing of the tournament on the home ground of Bayelsa United, one of the teams representing Nigeria in the current Confederation Loving cup, next the poor technical written report on the Samson Siasia Stadium after Bayelsa’s 4-2 home victory against their Guinean first-round opponents finally weekend.

Hon. Daniel Igali, in a statement issued in Yenagoa, on Fri and sent to DAILY POST, said “It is wicked and disappointing that people who have benefited so much from the Province Regime would position upwards such a demo of shame just to discredit and sabotage their possess province”.

“It is good to position on tape that a squad from CAF is currently in Yenagoa to examine the facilities and so far, they have been impressed by what is on the ground including the recent upgrade before the Confederation loving cup game betwixt Bayelsa United and AS Ashanti of Republic of Guinea.

“As a Ministry building, we are confident that the next home game involving Bayelsa United will be played hither. The written report is mischievous, concocted and hatched to favour a specific contractor who missed out in the recent renovation and pitch maintenance”.

“Patch it was alleged in the written report that CAF has banned the pitch, it is curious in some other breath in the story that Bayelsa Regime could chop-chop work on the stadium whether it is to host the next game.

“The renovation of the stadium facilities which began under the Sylva administration has gulped good over one billion naira by the main contractor and the job still not completed after 10 years.

“As a Ministry building, we have reviewed the evolution and decided to position a halt to the drama around this unending stadium contract under 3 different administrations in Bayelsa Province”.

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