The Lagos State Government has told the Confederation of African Football (CAF) that it is ready to provide good sporting facilities and an enabling environment to strengthen Nigeria’s interest in co-hosting the 2027 Africa Cup of Nations with the Republic of Benin.
The promise was given by the Deputy Governor, Dr. Kadri Obafemi Hamzat, while welcoming the Confederation of Africa Football Inspection Team on behalf of the State Governor at the Round House, Alausa, Ikeja.
Dr. Hamzat stated that the state possesses all of the necessary elements to effectively host a major sporting event such as the African Cup of Nations, stating that “Lagos has the people, the facilities, and the government’s commitment.”
He went on to say that Lagos State had previously hosted the Under-17 and Under-20 World Cup football events, which provided her with insight into the procedures of hosting and assured the delegation of good hospitality in the state from both the public and private sectors.
In addition, the Deputy Governor stated that the state’s goals extend beyond the 2027 Africa Cup of Nations, with plans to increase youth interest in football.
He went on to say that the state is not just rehabilitating the Teslim Balogun Stadium to raise it above its current level for competition and beyond. It is also constructing new ones in various villages throughout the state to accommodate and encourage adolescents, both male and female, to participate in football and other sports.
“We are going to build more stadiums across the State, including Agege, Ifako-Ijaye, Ikorodu, and Epe, among others, to encourage more youth participation in community football,” he says.
Previously, Mallam Mainasara Illo, the Leader of the Nigerian delegation for the Africa Cup of Nations 2027 Bid, announced that the Inspection Team was in Lagos to inspect football facilities presented by the Nigeria Football Federation for hosting the Africa Cup of Nations 2027.
Mallam Illo disclosed that six Nigerian states and two cities in the Republic of Benin have been proposed as venues for the competition, adding that the team is optimistic that the places picked in Nigeria would pass the test.
He went on to say that it would be unforgivable if Lagos State, Africa’s greatest economy, the country’s most populated state, and a place where football is most passionately followed, failed the inspection.
As a result, Illo has encouraged the state government to expedite work at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, where the squad has visited and noted that construction is progressing, as well as other training facilities that will be used for the competition.
He also asked the State Government to ensure that good hospitals and hotels are available for Very Important People (VIPs), among other things.