By: Godwin Nathaniel
The 5,000 capacity township stadium in Ikot Ekpene District of Akwa Ibom state, Nigeria is currently receiving a face-lift courtesy five months old NNL club Vandrezzer FC.
The contract for the face-lift worth millions of Naira was awarded by Vandrezzer FC to local contractors in the state.
The implementation is in two phases : the first phase involves the ongoing regrassing (planting) of the pitch, daily watering and supply of nutrients.
The second phase will take care of daily,proper maintenance for effective pitch preservation before, during and after use.
According to the workers, the pitch will be in great shape and will ready in few weeks, hopefully before the NNL resumes for the year 2020.
This pitch project is in addition to painting of the entire stadium, restructuring of all dressing rooms, renovation of stands, fixing of technical benches and refurbishing of other parts of the facility, which were carried out before the close of last year.
The stadium which is also home to NNL side Ibom Youth FC & NLO club Cofine FC, is already wearing new look as against five months ago, when Vandrezzer FC became tenants. This is to the adoration of the home fans who are full of praises for the club management.
Although the state Football Association is yet to completely handover the management of the stadium to the privately owned club, the Lions’ are known for a culture of excellence with the aim of projecting standard and quality football as what is obtainable in other climes.
Plans are in the pipeline to construct the Vandrezzer FC Stadium, which will be situated in either Uyo or Lagos.