The newly built Okigwe township stadium, in Okigwe local government area of Imo state is currently begging for maintenance to meet the current test of time in the sporting world.
The stadium which was built under the Rochas Okorocha’s administration is the first modern sports facility in Okigwe town. The stadium was completed in 2019.
Candidreporters.com sports crew visit to the stadium on Wednesday revealed that the facility lacks maintenance as the canopies made to shade the spectators were torn, possibly due to the effect of the weather while the drainage system was blocked, denying proper flow of water from the pitch whenever there is heavy down pour.
The blocked drainage system hampered the speed flow of water from the pitch which led to postponement of the match between Abia Warriors FC and Enyimba FC in the NPFL 21 fixtures. The match was stoped at 25minutes of the first half as Enyimba FC was already leading by a lone goal.
Grasses have taken over some parts of the stadium while plastic bottles were scattered around.
Critiques may ague that the poor condition of the stadium is due to covid-19 restrictions on sporting activities which may aid neglect of the facility. But some sports officials and press men available during the match between Abia Warriors and Enyimba FC commented that the poor maintenance of the stadium was obvious even before covid-19 pandemic.
Thus, it’s pertinent to engage people to carry out regular maintenance on the spectators stand, press stand and VIP stand or the entire sports facility. The embarrassing torn canopies should be replaced with such that can withstand Okigwe climate Conditions.