Abia State, the home to some of Nigeria’s finest athletes and football clubs can only boast of these due to a dearth of sports facilities readily available for domestic, continental, and international competitions. However, The available facilities have produced sportsmen and women that have made the country proud at the domestic and global level. Today, we discuss some of the facilities available for athletes in Abia State.
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Enyimba International Stadium
The Enyimba International Stadium is the biggest sports facility in Abia State. A multi-use stadium located in Aba, it boasts a capacity of 16,000 and is mostly used for football competitions as it is the home ground of the most successful football club in Nigeria’s history, Enyimba International Football Club. Equipped with floodlights, electronic scoreboard, and covered seats, the stadium used to be a substandard pitch, considered ill equip to host continental matches especially as Enyimba for the first time in their history were featuring in the CAF Champions League in the 2002 season, playing their home games at Calabar, Cross River State.
Then Abia State governor, Orji Uzor Kalu, moved towards rebuilding the stadium into a level of being deemed fit for international and continental football matches. The following season (2002/2003), Enyimba became the first club in Nigeria’s history to win the CAF Champions League after beating Ismaily of Egypt 3-1 on aggregate, playing their home leg of the final at the Enyimba International Stadium. The renovation of the stadium proved to be remarkable in the club’s history after the club defended their continental crown in the 2003/2004 season.
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Experiencing huge success at the continental and domestic level, the question of the substandard nature of the stadium will be raised after 14 years (2016) as it already lost its glamour. The Abia State government began the reconstruction of the stadium, seeing the club relocate to Port Harcourt, River State, and later Calabar for home games, both at continental and domestic league levels. On Friday, August 10, 2018, the People’s Elephant (Enyimba) trained at the stadium for the first time after three years of reconstruction, and had their first competitive game at the stadium against Cara Brazaville of Congo in the CAF Confederations Cup on August 29, 2018 after the stadium was deemed fit for continental ties again by CAF.
Umuahia Township Stadium
The home ground of Nigeria Professional Football League side (NPFL), Abia Warriors FC, and Nigeria National League side (NNL), Abia Comets FC, the Umuahia Township Stadium with its 5,000 capacity is another major sporting facility in Abia State, Nigeria. After Abia Warriors gained promotion to the NPFL in 2013, the stadium was approved for Nigerian professional league matches on February 25, 2014 by the League Management Company after a thorough inspection. Located in Umuahia, the capital city of Abia State, the stadium is mostly used for football competitions.
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