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Towards Qatar 2022: Teslim Balogun VAR will be ready in two weeks – Gafaar

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The Director-General, Lagos State Sports Commission, (LSSC), Oluwatoyin Gafaar has said the installation of the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) for Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere would be ready in two weeks.

Gafaar made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Lagos.

He said the upgrade was to meet the Confederation of Africa Football (CAF) demand should the stadium be chosen to host the Super Eagles’ Qatar 2022 World Cup qualifiers against the Black Stars of Ghana.

The first leg of the match will take place in Ghana on March 24 while the return leg will come up in Nigeria on March 29.
Gafaar said that there were ongoing conversations with relevant stakeholders to have the Super Eagles play in Lagos.
“We are ready as ever to give our best to the nation and to the Super Eagles. If we look at the previous matches, the team feels more at home in Lagos.

“The stadium will meet CAF standards in less than two weeks. Lagos is home to football,” he said.

According to him, regardless of CAF guidelines that specify the provision of VAR, Lagos is interested in hosting the tie between the Super Eagles and Black Stars of Ghana.

“Lagos has been tested for CAF matches; so, the issue of VAR is not a big deal because we have been on it for a while and we will install it in two weeks and make it functional,” he said. (NAN)

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