SWAN calls for urgent improvement of Awka stadium

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The Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), Anambra Chapter, has expressed displeasure over the deteriorating condition of Awka Township Stadium.

The body of sports writers said this in a communique signed by Chimezie Anaso and Ikenna Nwokedi, the Chairman and Secretary respectively, and issued after its congress on Tuesday in Awka.

The association said it was regrettable that the football pitch collapsed about three years after it was completed.

“The congress note with displeasure, the collapse of the Awka City Stadium football pitch completed in December 2021.

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“The tracks which are currently not in use as well as the pavilion is begging for urgent and comprehensive rehabilitation.

“SWAN calls on the state government and the contractor to interface with a view to addressing the issue.

“The state government should give Awka City a befitting stadium by also completing other aspects of the stadium including installation of an electronic scoreboard, floodlights and construction of a second pavilion,” it said.

SWAN also endorsed the second edition of the School Sports Festival, a flagship programme of the Anambra State Sports Development Commission.

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While commending Gov. Chukwuma Soludo for his support for the sports sector, SWAN urged the governor to provide more and timely funding to enable the sports commission identify and nurture future champions.

It reiterated its commitment to partner with the Anambra government, corporate organisations and individuals to promote sports in the state.

It also renewed the call for proper constitution of the various sports associations to ensure regular sports programmes and activities in the state.

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