By Abubakar Hassan

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Minna Township Stadium (a.k.a. Bako Kontagora Stadium)


Contractor handling the renovation work at the Bako Kontagora Memorial Stadium, Minna, Mr. Sa’eed Monidafe has disclosed that the stadium is in shape to host Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL) matches.
The contractor who is the Managing Director of Stefan and Simon Construction firm disclosed this to sportswriters in Minna saying that he was in Minna on intervention mission to complete the renovation as a result of failure from the former contractor who failed to complete the work awarded to him over a year ago.
Mr. Monidafe said that the mandate given to him was to put the facilities at the Bako Kontagora Stadium into proper shape so that it hold the NPFL matches of Niger Tornadoes by returning them to Minna before the season ends.
He explained that the work at the stadium was in two phases, and that the first phase was to develop the facilities in order to host an elite league match.
He said that the work at the stadium was yet to be completed, but that the stadium at the level of work attained was ready for inspection, adding that the completion of the stadium can be ongoing while matches are taking place.
He said the first baseline target was to make Tornadoes play their league home matches in Minna and that has been achieved, saying, “as I speak to you today, Minna township stadium from my own angle is ready to host premier league matches.”
“My mandate was to prepare the ground and the stadium to host premier league matches and I insist that it is ready. The intervention I did, I have achieved the first target which is to host premier league matches.
“You can imagine the crowd that will be here to welcome Niger Tornadoes back and to watch the leaders of the premier league as it stand now. It is an opportunity that should not be missed,” he observed.
Mr. Sa’eed further stated that the only thing remaining was the goal post, which was not part of his mandate, adding that if that is provided the inspection team will be in Minna to inspect the stadium.