Africa’s richest man Aliko Dangote says he won’t be in Qatar for the 2022 FIFA World Cup if Ghana qualifies ahead of his country, Nigeria.
The Black Stars will face West African rivals Nigeria in the World Cup play-offs in March, with the winner progressing to the tournament.
The game has been billed as one of the biggest on the continent due to the history shared by both countries.
This is not an EPL stadium!
This is MKO Abuja stadium renovated after $1million donation by Dangote.
It is ready with VAR technology pic.twitter.com/gqRFpFztXT
— Naija (@Naija_PR) February 3, 2022
Having inspected the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, where the game will be played, Dangote urged the Super Eagles to make Nigerians proud.
The business mogul sponsored the rehabilitation of the pitch through his company, the Dangote Industries Group.
He further revealed that he won’t travel to Qatar to watch the World Cup if Nigeria fails to qualify.
Visited the Revamped Moshood Abiola Stadium alongside the CEO of Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote GCON and the Minister of Youth & Sports Development, Sunday Dare, which will be the venue of our 2022 @FIFAWorldCup Qualifier return leg game 🆚 the Black Stars of Ghana 🇬🇭#TeamNigeria pic.twitter.com/jDmpZtdXUt
— Austin Eguavoen (@coacheguavoen) February 4, 2022
“It is not only important to me, but it is also important to all of us here, that is what will make us proud as Nigerians,” the businessman said, as quoted by sunnewsonline.com.
“If Nigeria does not qualify [for the World Cup], I won’t go there [Qatar].”
He also pledged to continue supporting sports development in the country by complementing the government’s efforts.
“You can be rest assured of our continued support. You can always knock on our doors,” Dangote told Sports Minister Sunday Dare.
“We shouldn’t allow our stadia to collapse. Nigerians have a very strong love for sports, so I think we need to complement Government’s efforts to ensure that everything works.”