FIFA, CAF Certified Sports facility expert, Joshua Adamu speaks on challenges facing the sector

By Wale Mustapha

Joshua Adamu, one of Nigeria’s leading sports facility professionals, has revealed that the influx of unskilled workers and infiltrators is a major challenge that undermines the integrity of those in the industry.

Joshua Adamu
Joshua Adamu, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Alansmith Sports Facility company

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Alansmith Sports Facility company made this known on Sunday while featuring as a guest in a personality interview session on Family United By Football, FUBF Whatsapp platform.

Adamu, a FIFA-licensed stadium construction expert, has pointed out that the government and some individuals fall into the wrong hands due to their desperation to cut corners through kickbacks. This leads to the selection of contractors who may not have the necessary expertise to construct artificial pitches and stadiums.

He stated that artificial pitches are more economical and easier to maintain than natural pitches.

Joshua Adamu
Joshua Adamu with his team.

“I don’t know if it’s the culture or ways of cutting corners but people know who the experts and professionals are but will want to use just anybody to fix an artificial turf stadium for government or state and blame it on turf or installers when you know the experts but you don’t patronize them.

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“It happens most when you know the right things to do but you want to cut costs.

“Our major challenge is uncertified people in the business, compromise in pricing, in materials and these are done with people at the helms of affairs.

“They know the right things but they compromise because they know who the person the job is giving to,” he said.

Adamu revealed that the FC Ebedei Stadium in Sagamu, constructed by Alansmith three years ago is still standing strong due to the quality materials and expert handling.

He added that the second FC Ebedei Stadium that is under construction will be the best in Nigeria as the latest materials that will be used, will see it stand the test of time.