…Ogbemudia Stadium to host games if bid is successful
The Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, has declared his support for the bid by Nigeria and Benin Republic to host the 2027 edition of the African Cup of Nations (AFCON).
The governor, in a video message supporting the joint bid by the two countries, noted that Edo State is endorsing the bid and is ready to provide necessary support to host games at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, which is one of the proposed grounds for the biennial tournament.
According to him, “My name is Godwin Obaseki, the Governor of Edo State, which is located in the South-South region of Nigeria. The government and citizens of Edo State wholeheartedly endorse the joint bid by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and the Football Federation of Benin Republic, to host the 2027 edition of the AFCON.
“Edo State, which is known for its rich cultural heritage, including the famous Benin bronzes which are now being repatriated, has a deep passion for football. In Edo State, we have some of Nigeria’s brightest football talents and we also have a proud football legacy.
“Over the years, we have made significant investment in sports infrastructure including the world-class Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium complex, which is equipped to host this landmark event. We have also developed grassroots football facilities including mini stadia across the various local government areas.
“Edo State boasts of top-notch hospitality and tourist attractions and a warm and welcoming populace. We are fully prepared to welcome Africa to Benin City and throughout Nigeria. We commit to make the necessary upgrades in our facilities to ensure a successful and memorable AFCON 2027.”
He added: “Our business community and other key stakeholders are looking forward to contributing to the success of this historical event. I want to assure the Confederation of African Football (CAF) executives that Edo State stands firmly behind Nigeria and Benin Republic in their effort to host Africa and to deliver an exceptional sporting spectacle.”