The Delta State Government are on the verge of fulfilling it’s promise to complete the Asaba Township Stadium ahead of the 2018 Africa Athletics Championship in Asaba.
Delta State Governor Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa made the pledge during a town hall meeting in Oshimili South Local Government Area of the State in June.
Chairman technical subcommittee for the Asaba 2018 CAA African Senior Athletics Championships, Yussuf Alli on Tuesday carried out an inspection on the stadium.
Speaking after inspecting the ongoing work done at the stadium, an impressed Alli said he expects better performances from the athletes.
“I am very impressed with what the Chairman of the Delta State Sports Commission Chief Tony Okowa is putting up here, if only I could roll back the years, it will be nice to also compete. I know the athletes will run faster times on this track and jump further in Asaba,” Alli posited.
He commended Okowa’s vision as the state is putting up the first 100m both ways track in Nigeria.
“The plan for the Asaba stadium is a masterpiece, we are having the first 100m both ways track in Nigeria, first of its kind and the stadium is also being built in such a way that the crowd will be close to the action; such electrifying atmosphere always brings out the best in athletes,” Alli noted.
Alli, the General Manager for the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon and also the General Manager for the All African Games Abuja 2003 edition, said he is sure that Asaba will be the benchmark for future athletics events on the continent.
The former African Long jump record holder also applauded Okowa for making sure that the timetable for work on the Asaba Stadium is being fully adhered to.
Alli however thanked the state Governor Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa for supporting the Championship.
The 2018 edition of CAA African Athletics Championship will also serve as trials for the 2019 IAAF World Athletics Championship.