West Africa Geographically has 19 countries and two Island. But Economical the region comprises of 16 countries with two Island with the exclusion of Cameroon, Chad and Equatorial Guinea whom are not part of ECOWAS.
The region is a host to more than 200 Sports stadium and today we are looking at the top 5 sports Stadium in west Africa.
- Estadio De Bata ( Equatorial Guinea)
Estadio de Bata is a multi-use stadium in Bata.The stadium was constructed by a Chinese contractor Covec and was completed in 2007 with a capacity of 22,000 people in a single tier pre-cast concrete structure.
It was the place that the 2008 African Women championship was played.It was expanded in 2011 with a new steel substructure upper tier to a 35,000 capacity as one of the host stadiums for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations including the opening ceremony and semi-final matches.
The stadium is located about 5 kilometers from the coast and adjacent to a sport complex currently under construction which features an indoor sports hall, covered swimming pool, hotel and most main sporting codes.
Bata Stadium is the largest stadium in Equatorial Guinea’s largest city.
- Stade de l’Amitié sino-gabonaise (Gabon)
It was one of four stadiums used for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations and hosted the competition final. The inaugural football match played here was Gabon vs Brazil. Brazil won that match 2–0.
The symbolic laying of the foundation stone was made by the Gabonese Sports Minister Rene Ndemezo’Obiang and the Chinese Vice Minister Fu Ziying in April 2010.
This stadium was constructed by China, and built on a 30-hectare area by the Shanghai Construction Group. The work was entirely funded by China while Gabon developed the site, including bringing water and electricity and building access roads.
It was one of four Gabonese Stadium used for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations and hosted the competition final.
- Moshood Abiola National Stadium ( Nigeria)
Moshood Abiola National Stadium (formerly known as National Stadium, Abuja) is a multipurpose national sports stadium located in the capital of Nigeria (Abuja).The stadium serves as a home to the Nigerian national football team, as well as a center for various social, cultural, and religious events.
The Government of Nigeria approved the contract for the construction of the National Stadium complex and Games Village on 18 July 2000. The stadium was constructed to host the 8th All Africa Games which took place in October 2003.
On 12 June 2019, President Muhammadu Buhari announced the change of the name of the National Stadium of Abuja to Moshood Abiola National Stadium. President Buhari made this announcement during his speech at the Democracy Day celebration on Wednesday at the Eagle Square, Abuja.
Although Nigeria had several stadiums scattered throughout the country, there was lack of stadiums that met international standards.
The capital city of Nigeria(Abuja), was selected to host the 8th All Africa Games in 2000 (a regional multi-sport event held every four years, organized by the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa) despite having no facilities for such a major sporting event.
The Government of Nigeria embarked on a multimillion-dollar project for the construction of a state-of-the-art stadium and games village to be completed in time to host the All Africa Games. The contract was awarded on 18 July 2000 from a choice list of about 80 different bidders. Construction of the complex was initiated.
Moshood Abiola National Stadium is one of the 50 most expensive stadiums ever built in the world.
- Stade Olympique d’Ebimpé, (Ivory Coast)
Stade Olympique d’Ebimpé, nicknamed "Arc de Triomphe"is a multi-purpose stadium which can host football, rugby and athletics, in Ebimpé and Anyama, in northern Abidjan, Ivory Coast. It will be the national stadium of the Ivory Coast national football team.
The Insecure the stadium have a capacity of 60,000. The stadium was built by the Beijing Institute of Architectural Design While the stadium itself cover 20 hectares, a vast Olympic village is planned around it, spanning across 287 hectares.
The ground was broken for the stadium on December 22, 2016 by Prime Minister Daniel Kablan Duncan, with the presence of a China Ambassador in Ivory Coast representative. It’s expected to be built within 34 months and was completed early 2020.
The stadium is part of Ivory Coast 2023 AFCON hosting venue where the opening and closing ceremony will take place.
- Godswill Akpabio Intl Stadium ( Nigeria)
Godswill Akpabio International Stadium (formerly Akwa Ibom International Stadium) is an all-seater national sports stadium located in Uyo, the state capital of Akwa Ibom.
The stadium serves as a home to the Nigerian Super Eagles as well as a center for various social, cultural, and religious events.
The contract for the construction of the Akwa Ibom International Stadium complex and Games Village was awarded in 2012 to Julius Berger and was completed in 2014.
The 30,000 seater ultra modern multipurpose sports complex was modeled after Allianz Arena.