The Abuja National stadium was named after the former pillar of sports in Africa, with many praising the President of the nation, Muhammadu Buhari for such gesture. However more can be done to eulogize a man that gave his all for the growth of sports in the country.
Director of Sports, Mountain of Fire Ministries football club, Godwin Enakhena and Flying Eagles media officer Andrew Randa has voiced their opinion on the honor which the Nigerian government bestowed on the late Chief Moshood Kasimawo Abiola by naming the Abuja National stadium after him.
While Godwin and Randa agreed it was a good gesture by the government, they believed nothing Nigeria will do for Moshood Abiola that will be enough.
Speaking with OJB Sports, Godwin who also owns Kauna Sports Club, a club that competes in the National League One (NLO) said while it is fanstastic naming Abuja National stadium after MKO, he would prefer a functional stadium like the national stadium in Lagos.
“Nothing will be too bigger to honor Abiola. I want a national stadium that is not lying in coma, I want a national stadium where things happened. I would have preferred the national stadium in Lagos.
“Abuja people don’t come and watch football, the stadium is too far away from where they are living.
We can do more for him but let’s have a national stadium that is functional.
Andrew Randa, who also doubles as the director of media and communication Mees Palace football academy based in Jos said the naming of the stadium after MKO who was bigger than a sports person will be more befitting if the stadium can be elevated to an international standard.
“There is nothing Nigeria can do for Abiola that will be enough. He was much more bigger than a sports person.
“Even if we name all the stadium in Nigeria after him, it will still not be enough.
“It’s good to have the Abuja National stadium named after him but I will be much happier if that stadium is being elevated up to international standard that people all over the world can come around to play and see that this is the MKO Abiola stadium.
“With the present level of that stadium, that signboard put up there is not enough.
At the end of the day, there is nothing we can do for Abiola that will be enough.”