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Lagos Set to host 2027 Africa Cup of Nations with 9 stadiums

Six states in Nigeria and two cities in the Republic of Benin had been proposed to host the competition.

Aside from renovating the Teslim Balogun Stadium to a standard for the competition and beyond, we are building new ones in different communities within the state.” the governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwoolu, said during a courtesy call by a CAF inspection Team.

So far, we are building nine stadiums in Agege, Ifako-Ijaiye, Ikorodu, and Epe among others. This is to accommodate and encourage youths, both male and female in terms of playing football and other sports.”

The governor, who was represented by his deputy, stated that the state possessed all the necessary qualifications to host the competition alongside the Republic of Benin.

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) of state-of-the-art sporting facilities and an enabling environment at the 2027 Africa Cup of Nations.

The governor stated that the state had goals beyond the 2027 Africa Cup of Nations and that it also intended to increase young people’s interest in football.

He claimed that his administration’s objective was to ensure that young Nigerian athletes get recognition on a worldwide scale.

He said, “Lagos State had in the past hosted the U-17 and U-20 World Cup football competitions and this has given us an insight into the protocols of hosting.

“We have the template, and we know what is expected of us, so we will make sure that it is good.

“The essence for us is to also start a lot of sporting activities in our communities which includes community football.”

Six states in Nigeria and two cities in the Republic of Benin had been proposed to host the competition.

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