Mr. Ebi Egbe, the Chief Executive Officer, CEO, Monimichelle Sports, disclosed that the grass at Real Madrid’s Santiago Bernabeu Stadium in Spain is appropriate and recommended to be on the National Stadium pitch in Surulere, Lagos.
Egbe made this known during an interactive session with journalists on the HOT SEAT programme, anchored by Akeem Busari of the Nigeria Sports Centre Whatsapp platform.
WhilerResponding to a question on the transformation of the Abuja and Surulere National Stadium, Egbe said: “We can bring the grass in Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Real Madrid to the National Stadium in Surulere ”
“It is a hybrid grass and that is what is suitable for the National Stadium in Surulere. I have always recommended that the National Stadium in Surulere be used as a football pitch, while the Abuja National Stadium is used for athletics.
“The Abuja national stadium is a Class One stadium. Hence, I will not advise government to install a hybrid synthetic pitch on it.
”It is a Class One certified athletic stadium, which means we must go for a natural turf.”
Egbe further stated that maintenance culture is another challenge for Nigeria as a country, not to talk of the sport sector.
He stated that, “But the challenge is no matter how much we spend with natural turf in Nigeria we are faced with maintenance issues.”
Monimichelle installed the Enyimba Stadium Hybrid synthetic pitch recently rated by CAF as one of the best in Africa.
“When you install natural grass, even the water you pour on the field must be treated. You must have the right maintenance equipment to treat the natural grass” he insisted.
“But we need to have an athletics stadium where they will be throwing javelin and other tract events. That is why I advise government that the Abuja Stadium be athletics stadium while Lagos be a football stadium”.
“When we make the Lagos stadium a football stadium, we can now go for a top grade hybrid grass like the one at the Real Madrid Stadium done by MIXTO” he explained.
“I represent Mixto in the whole of Africa. I have a good work relationship with them for the past 10 to 12 years now. So we can have the Bernabeu grass stadium at the National Stadium in Surulere Lagos.” he concluded.
It will be recalled that Monimichelle installed the synthetic hybrid grass in Enyimba Stadium Aba, which CAF inspector recently described as one of the best in Africa.