Nigeria opens new stadium with Ghana friendly

Akwa Ibom StadiumAn international friendly between West African rivals, Nigeria and Ghana on Friday, 7 November 2014, will commission the Akwa Ibom International Stadium, located in Uyo, a city in south-eastern Nigeria.

The 30,000-plus capacity stadium, a look-alike of the famous Soccer City in Johannesburg in South Africa, is the latest sporting facility in Africa’s most populous country.

The match will feature the Team ‘B’ team of the Super Eagles against the Olympic team of Ghana, Black Meteors.

The commissioning of the facility will be graced by dignitaries including Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan as well as stakeholders and Government officials. An invitation has also been extended to CAF President, Issa Hayatou and Brazilian icon, Pele, for the historic occasion.

It will be the first meeting between the two rivals since the semi-final clash at the 2014 Orange African Nations Championship (CHAN) which the Ghanaians triumphed 4-1 on penalties.

The stadium, which was passed by a CAF inspection team last week, will host the Orange Africa Cup of Nations, Morocco 2015 qualifier between the Super Eagles and South Africa’s Bafana Bafana on 19 November 2014.