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7 Stadiums Named After Nigerian Footballers

AdemetanAbayomi
By AdemetanAbayomi | self meida writer
Published 16 days ago - 5 views



With former Manchester United striker Odion Ighalo recently having a stadium named after him, here are seven well-known football grounds that were named after Nigerian footballers.

Ighalo is one of the best Nigerian players around. The striker was born and bred in Ajegunle.

A new Stadium in Tolu Complex was named after the ex Watford and Udinese forward. It is called Odion Ighalo Stadium. It is at the heart of Oluwa Secondary School.

Adokiye Amiesimaka was part of the Super Eagles team that won the African Cup of Nations for the first time in 1980.

There is a multi-use stadium in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, on the north end of the city in the Omagwa neighbourhood. The Adokiye Amiesimaka stadium has a capacity of 38,000 people.

It opened on 19 July 2015 with a match between Nigeria and Congo in a qualifier for the Rio Olympics which ended with a 2-1 scoreline success over Congo. 

Muda Lawal died in his home in 1991. The Ashero Stadium in his hometown Abeokuta was named after him upon his death..

The late Lawal came through the ranks at Shooting Stars, before eventually playing a starring role in the first-team. He also featured for the Super Eagles, Stationery Stores and Abiola Babes.

The late Stephen Keshi is the only Nigerian to have won the African Cup of Nations as a coach and player. The Stephen Keshi in Asaba was named after him by the Delta State Government.

Bayelsa United's stadium in Yenagoa, was named after Samson Siasia, who many see as the man who put Bayelsa State on the map. 

Legendary midfielder Jay Jay Okocha has a stadium named after him in Delta, as too does Teslim Thunder Balogun in Lagos.

Which Nigerian footballers still playing do you think could eventually have stadiums named after them? Let us know in the comments section below. 

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