Remo Stars Coach, Daniel Ogunmodede, has said that players and facilities are ready for the CAF Confederation Cup.
Ogunmodede also highlighted the role of the world-class Remo Stadium, Ikenne-Remo, Ogun State in the qualification of the club for the CAF Confederation Cup.
He said this during a media tour of the 20,000-capacity stadium.
In the Confederation Cup fixtures, Remo Stars who finished third in last season’s Nigeria Professional Football League will face 2010 champions AS FAR.
During the media tour, officials of the club showed journalists some of the facilities that make the Remo Football Academy stand out.
Some of them are 56 rooms of junior and senior players’ accommodation for 112 footballers, five semi-detached blocks (10 units) of two-bedroom coaches’ accommodation, a dining/kitchen block for players and officials, and an administrative block (offices, conference room, training classroom, reception). With Panoramic Lift to first-floor table tennis centre.
Others are sports centre block comprising gym, clinic, swimming pool, hydrotherapy chambers, 30 rooms hotel with panoramic lift, one tournament pitch with 10,000 capacity covered pavilions, three training pitches, 2, 000 well furnished car parks, security maned environment (fenced, police, local security guards), good internal roads and external perimeter roads, world-class scoreboard, VAR software, general WiFi internet service, and main seating pavilion with well-furnished home and away changing rooms, coaches rooms, officials rooms.
Ogunmodede said, “I am here to keep the legacy and tradition of the club. We are just coming (to CAF Confederation Cup) for the first time in the history of the club.
“Kudos to the club, coach, and technical crew. My biggest target is to win all games as they come. It is not impossible to win.
“The standard of the stadium has contributed tremendously to the success of the team and how we have been able to perform.
“We are not there by surprise; it is a systematic plan and it has come to past. It is a great achievement for the club and country. It has been helping tremendously for the success of the club.
“I prefer our home ground. I am sure the management will put in place every necessary thing that would help us to host games here. This is simply the best. The facilities are incomparable with many stadia in the country presently.”
On his part, a coordinator of Remo Stars Social Football and Friends Club, Afolabi Kazeem, said they are confident Remo Stars would win the cup.
“Like myself, it has been dreaming to see our beloved club play an intercontinental game on this pitch. Finally, our dream would soon come to reality. I am sure the turnout will be massive and CAF will be proud of us after the game,” he said.
The club’s General Secretary, Michael Onikute, explained that the stadium had hosted big games in the past.
Among those listed are NPFL games, FA Cup and La Liga U-15 competition.
Also, an official of Remo Stars Social Football and Friends Club, Dehinde Shonibare, noted that former internationals and officials of the Nigerian Football Federation were delighted at the standard of the stadium.
“The stadium, our players and management are our pride,” he added.
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