The Oyo State government has started mobilizing support ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations Qualifier (AFCON) game between the U23 national team and Tanzania on Saturday in Ibadan.

Mr. Seun Fakorede, the State Commissioner for Youth and Sports, revealed during a press conference held at the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Press Center on Wednesday in Ibadan.

The country’s U23 national team and Tanzania would be held at the Lekan Salami Sports Complex in Ibadan on Saturday.

The team had drawn 1-1 in the first leg of the match played in Dar es Salaam, the capital of Tanzania.

The Lekan Salami Sports Complex was recently renovated and upgraded to international standards by the administration of Governor Seyi Makinde.

Fakorede said media engagement was very important due to the Saturday international match, which has never taken place in the past 30 years.

The commissioner called on all football-loving citizens to come out in droves to witness the landmark event and give the U23 Olympic team overwhelming support for victory.

“We therefore call on all football-loving citizens to come out in droves to witness the landmark event and give our beloved U23 Olympic team overwhelming and uplifting support for victory,” he said.

Fakorede said part of the government’s effort was to give the iconic Lekan Salami sports complex a facelift after 44 years of neglect and abandonment by previous administrations.

He said the newly renovated stadium will also open up new opportunities for people to generate money and increase value.

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