7 NPFL clubs pick new home grounds


Abuja, June 16,2015 (NAN) The League Management Company (LMC) on Tuesday in Abuja said seven of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) clubs have complied with its recent directive on their respective playing turfs.

In a statement by its Chief Operating Officer (COO), Salihu Abubakar, the LMC said the clubs included Abia Warriors of Umuahia, Heartland FC of Owerri and Akwa United of Uyo.

The rest are FC Taraba of Jalingo, Wikki Tourists of Bauchi, El-Kanemi Warriors of Maiduguri and FC Ifeanyi Ubah of Nnewi.

“In compliance with the recent directive by the LMC on the state of their playing turf, Abia Warriors and Heartland FC have elected to play their home games at the Enyimba International Stadium in Aba.

“This will be until they completed necessary rehabilitation work on at their respective grounds,’’ it said.

The statement said Akwa United, FC Taraba, Wikki Tourists, El-Kanemi Warriors and FC Ifeanyi Ubah also communicated their alternative venues to the LMC as at close of business on Monday.

“For Akwa United, their home games will henceforth be played at the new Akwa Ibom International Stadium.

“The club wrote to inform the LMC that they have now secured approval from the state government to use the facility.

“Also, FC Ifeanyi Ubah wrote to request the LMC approval to play their home fixtures for the next three months at the Rojenny Stadium in Oba, near Onitsha.

“This will be when extensive renovation is carried out at their Beverly Hotels Stadium in Nnewi.

“The LMC has promptly inspected the stadium to confirm its suitability since it was not among the alternative venues initially inspected and listed,’’ it said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that FC Taraba are now to play at the Aper Aku Stadium pending the completion of repairs at Jolly Nyame Stadium in Jalingo.

“El-Kanemi also wrote to inform the LMC that they have decided on either of Sani Abacha Stadium in Kano or the Karkanda Stadium in Katsina State and are awaiting the state government’s nod to settle on any of the two.

“Wikki Tourists also communicated their decision to play at the Pantami Stadium in Gombe and have commenced repair works on the issues with their artificial turf failure,’’ the statement said.

It further quoted Abubakar as saying the other affected clubs, Nasarawa United of Lafia and Jos-based Giwa FC, were expected to inform LMC of their preferred alternative ground by Wednesday.

“Clubs which fail to provide alternative venues within deadline are hereby warned that they stand the risk of being allocated a new venue by the LMC,’’ he said in the statement.

Meanwhile, the statement also said some of the 2014/2015 Match Day 12 fixtures, earlier fixed for June 17, had been rescheduled for Thursday, June 18.

NAN reports that the rescheduled games are in Kano between Kano Pillars and Giwa FC, Akure between Sunshine Stars and Warri Wolves, and Makurdi between FC Taraba and Wikki Tourists.(NAN)