Super Eagles Star Wilfred Ndidi and Borussia Dortmund's Karim Adeyemi Partner to Transform Maracana Stadium in Lagos

Wilfred Ndidi and Karim Adeyemi collaborate to upgrade Lagos' Maracana Stadium, providing modern facilities for athletes and youth sports development. The initiative aims to address social challenges within the community and the state, reflecting a commitment to enhancing sports in Nigeria.

Revamping Maracana Stadium: Ndidi and Adeyemi's Noble Initiative

Leicester City’s Wilfred Ndidi and Borussia Dortmund’s Karim Adeyemi Join Forces for Maracana Stadium Upgrade in Lagos

Wilfred Ndidi, the midfield maestro for both Super Eagles and Leicester City, along with Borussia Dortmund’s talented forward Karim Adeyemi, are set to revamp Lagos State's Maracana Stadium.


Adeyemi, although representing Germany in international football, maintains strong ties to his Nigerian heritage. The winger, known for his fondness for fufu, frequently spends his holidays in Nigeria.

This collaboration with Ndidi is Adeyemi’s latest endeavor to give back to his father’s homeland. In an Instagram post, Ndidi expressed his enthusiasm for joining forces with Adeyemi on the Maracana Stadium initiative in Lagos.

The dynamic duo has generously donated two residential buildings, each featuring 96 fully air-conditioned beds. These structures will benefit from round-the-clock power, supported by solar energy, as well as access to purified water, contemporary shower facilities, and well-appointed changing rooms.

Ndidi shared that a distinguished delegation, including Nigerian Sports Minister Senator John Enoh, HRM Abdulwasiu Omogbolahan Lawal (Oniru of Iru Land), and Ajeromi Ifelodun LGA Chairman Fatai Ayoola, inspected the facilities on October 21st.

“I am very proud to be part of this journey and very grateful to Nigeria for supporting my sports development,” he expressed.

“The Maracana Stadium in Ajegunle welcomed a special visit from Nigerian Sports Minister Senator John Enoh, HRM Abdulwasiu Omogbolahan Lawal, Oniru of Iru Land, and Ajeromi Ifelodun LGA Chairman Fatai Ayoola. They toured the new facilities donated by myself and Karim Adeyemi.

“They were impressed by the two residential buildings named after myself and Karim Adeyemi, each housing 96 fully air-conditioned beds, 24-hour power and solar backup, treated water supply, and top-notch shower and changing rooms.

“It was an honor to have the Minister share his vision for youth sports development in Nigeria with us. The day ended with an 11-a-side football match in honor of the Minister.

“I want to give my thanks for the support and belief in our vision for sports in Nigeria!”


The Nathaniel Idowu Foundation played a pivotal role in the overhaul of the sports complex. Yemi Idowu, the foundation’s president, emphasized the facility’s crucial role in addressing social challenges within the community and the state.

The rejuvenated stadium encompasses 18 football pitches alongside accommodations for athletes. Dubbed in homage to Rio de Janeiro’s iconic Maracana Stadium in Brazil, the Maracana Stadium Ajegunle has nurtured various international talents, including prominent figures like Odion Ighalo and Taribo West.

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