This Day (Lagos)

30 June 2006

Nigeria: AWC :Adamu's Absence Not Affecting Preparation

Lagos — The Team Nigeria in conjunction with the Federal Ministry of Sports and Social Development has said that the preparation for the 2006 Africa Women Football Championship schedule for Nigeria has not been put in abeyance because of the absence of Dr. Amos Adamu who is currently in Germany for the World Cup.

Mr. Gbenga Giwa, Head, Media/communications said the Federal Ministry of Sports and Social Development in collaboration with Team Nigeria Trust Fund have already commenced preparation for the Championship.

He said however, because Nigeria came in as a rescue mission after the original host Gabon declined to host, there was need for CAF, Nigeria, the marketers, sponsors and all stakeholders to harmonise all logistics before all plans are finalised.

"We assure all Nigerians and the entire African continent that consultations with CAF and all the other stakeholders are on-going to ensure a hitch-free Championship in Nigeria.

"It must be realised that Nigeria came in into the picture less than two months ago, instead of the normal two to three years' notice given to host countries.

"Team Nigeria has been working assiduously with the Federal Ministry of Sports and Social Development to ensure that the 5th AWC is the best organised in the history of the Championship.

Only last Monday, the hosting State, Delta, paid a courtesy call on the Honourable Minister of Sports and Social Development, Engr. Bala Kao'je to demonstrate the readiness of all sides to hosting the event.

"In this current age of GSM and e-technology the absence of Dr. Adamu would not affect the preparation as he is constantly in touch with the relevant bodies.

I therefore appeal to my colleagues in the media to exercise patience. As soon as the consultations between CAF, Nigeria and all interest groups are concluded, the final date for the championship, the composition of the LOC and all other sundry issues will be announced".

he said.

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