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22.03.2007 Football News

Hayatou Inspects Togo FA President's Stadium

By John Vigah, Togo
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President of CAF, Alhaji Issa Hayatou, last Monday inspected a 10,000 capacity stadium currently under construction at Masseville, 90 kilometres away from the capital, Lome.

The planned all-seater ultra-modern stadium belongs to the president of the Togo Football Federation (TFF), Avlessi Tata, whose club US Masseda, play in the elite division.

Masseda, one of the richest clubs in Togo, qualified for the ‘big game’ only last year and now lie third on the ladder in the 11-week-old league which has been frozen in view of the ongoing Africa Under-17 championship.

Hayatou told journalists after the over one-and-a-half -hour inspection that his decision to come to Masseville was informed by the magnificent attention the project has generated over the months.

Work on the Masseville Sports Stadium started three years ago and it is expected to be fully ready for use next year.

The CAF president expressed his admiration for the project, lauding Avlessi on his contribution to the future of the continent’s game.

The Masseville stadium is the second project visited by Hayatou since he arrived in Togo for the cadet competition.

His first place of call was Kpele, near Kpalime in the western part of the country where a football academy has been named in his honour by Winny Dogbatse, coordinator of the Togo Football Federation and vice president of the immediate football body.

Avlessi took over from Rock Gnassingbe who he defeated in a FIFA -supervised election in Lome, January, this year.