Idah Peterside, a former Super Eagles goalkeeper, expressed doubt about Nigeria’s current readiness to host the World Cup and suggested that the country might be prepared to do so in the next 40 years once it attains a certain level of stability.
He made these comments during an appearance on Sunrise Daily on Friday.
“On record presently, the only playing field which we have is a grass stadium and it is the Uyo stadium, but 20 anything(years) is still very long maybe in the next 40 years, we would have had some kind of stability,” he said.
The last time Nigeria hosted a worldwide football competition was in 2009, specifically the U-17 FIFA World Cup, in which Switzerland clinched the championship, while the Golden Eaglets secured the runner-up position.
The former international emphasized the scarcity of well-maintained playing fields as a significant hindrance, highlighting that the Uyo Stadium stands out as one of the few sporting venues with a natural grass surface.
“It’s as simple, as you know coming back to the basis, we must have our stadia okay look at Port Harcourt- now we watched the CAF Cup,” he stated.
“We have a stadium that can keep 40,000 now what we are not doing is that we are not maintaining our facilities now we have a real sports minister this is what we must do we talk sports without the playing ground sports without the facility you can’t play sports in the sky except there’s a sport where you fly a plane so every sport is on earth.”
He forecasted that it would take Nigeria approximately four decades to attain the necessary stability for such an ambitious endeavor.
The former goalkeeper stressed the importance of taking proactive measures in sports development, underscoring the significance of preserving and fostering sports facilities.
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