Photos: Abuja Stadium gets new FIFA-approved VIP team dugout

In another major achievement in sports infrastructure in Nigeria, Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, said he was delighted with the ongoing facelift at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja.

Earlier in the week, the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development acquired a new bespoke VIP team dugout (designed and approved by FIFA) for the stadium.

Additionally, two training grounds at the stadium have benefited from a refurbishment, now fully functional and are currently being used by Nigeria’s Super Falcons as they prepare to conquer Africa in Morocco.

As part of the maintenance plans, new sprinklers were installed on the pitches, while gardeners worked continuously above ground.

The new team shelter is the first of its kind in the country and it is a Nigeria green and white colored ergonomic seat with a headrest, backrest and fully padded with fire retardant dual density polyurethane foam . It also has a polyurethane armrest with integrated cup holder.

Other features include galvanized steel, aluminum footrest surface with large capacity hard nylon caster wheels on both sides.

The VIP shelter which has a total height of 225 cm, a total depth of 180 cm and a total of 54 seats for players, referees and team officials is completely removable.

In the modern game, FIFA and CAF have taken team dugouts more seriously and have continued to give specifications on what constitutes a standard team dugout.

Speaking on these commendable achievements, Minister for Youth and Sports Development, Chief Sunday Dare thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for his continued support to sport, hinting that the ministry will continue to working around the clock to elevate the sport in the country.