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Exclusive : Peseiro frowns at Abuja stadium pitch

The lush green natural grass pitch of Moshood Abiola Stadium, Abuja may look good to an average Nigerian football fan, but according to Jose Peseiro, the new coach of the Super Eagles, the pitch is an eyesore, www.totorinews.com reports exclusively. 

Peseiro was visibly angry when he and his foreign technical crew stepped unto the pitch on Sunday evening for the first training session of the Eagles ahead of the clash against the Leone Stars of Sierra Leone on Thursday.
The Portuguese tactician walked round the pitch in different directions, as he assessed the conditions of the pitch, shaking his head and muttering some words to one of his assistants.

He was however made to understand that the pitch just witnessed the game between the Flamingos of Nigeria and their Ethiopia counterpart, which ended goalless 24 hours earlier by one of the officials responsible for the managing the pitch.

The official, who appealed to remain anonymous due to civil service rules, said that he was shocked by the outburst of Peseiro over the condition of the pitch.

“I don’t know why he was fuming with anger when he stepped unto the pitch. Flamingos played a game on Saturday, he should not expect everywhere to be perfect after a game.

“This is his first competitive game and may be his first visit to Nigeria. We assured him that the pitch is good. What we just need to do, is to treat every part affected after the game on Saturday.

“We will continue to maintain the good condition of the pitch. Federal government has done well to revive this stadium during this tenure of the current Sports Minister and we are happy to have the Super Eagles play in Abuja.

“The players did not complain. I think they are used to such condition. We wish them best of luck, which is winning against Sierra Leone on Thursday,” he said.
The Super Eagles are presently training at the practise pitch of the Moshood Abiola Stadium as at the time of filing this report on Monday evening.

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