- Address: Kaduna
- Country: Nigeria
- Capacity: 16,000
- Main use: Football
Extra stadium info – Ahmadu Bello Stadium
The Ahmadu Bello Stadium is named after a former politician. In 1999, Ghana faced Croatia in the first game for the world championship for football players under the age of 20 at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium. The match ended in a 1-1 draw. The Argentine Republic, Costa Rica, Kazakhstan, Mali and Spain also played at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium during the tournament. The venue hosted six group-stage matches for the tournament which is currently known as the FIFA U-20 World Cup.
The knockout stage
Three matches in the knockout stage of the tournament which is currently known as the FIFA U-20 World Cup took place at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium. The first one was a round-of-16 game which was won by Ghana after beating Costa Rica. The second one was a quarter-final between Spain and Ghana. Spain won the quarter-final after winning a penalty shoot-out. The third one was a semi-final. Spain won the semi-final after defeating Mali. They won the tournament after beating Japan 4-0. The final took place in the Nigerian city of Lagos. 38,000 people attended the final.
The 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup
The Ahmadu Bello Stadium hosted seven matches for the 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup. The first one took place on 26 October 2009. Korea won the game after defeating Uruguay in front of a crowd of 13,000. Algeria and the Italian Republic also played at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium during the group stage of the 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup. On 4 November 2009, the Italian Republic faced the United States in the only 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup round-of-16 game at the venue. The Italians won the game 2-1 in front of 11,000 spectators. On 9 November 2009, Spain played against Uruguay in the only 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup quarter-final at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium. Spain won the match after winning a penalty shoot-out in front of 10,000 people.
The Swiss Confederation versus Nigeria
15 November 2009, the Swiss Confederation faced Nigeria in the 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup final. The Swiss Confederation, commonly known as Switzerland, won the game. One goal was scored in the final, which took place in the Nigerian city of Abuja in front of 60,000 spectators. It was the first-ever FIFA U-17 World Cup final for the Swiss Confederation. Nigeria won the tournament which is currently known as the FIFA U-17 World Cup three times before they faced the Swiss Confederation in the 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup final.