Following reports of the various teams that assessed stadium facilities during the three-week break of the Glo Premier League, nine of the 20 clubs have had their home grounds placed on suspension by the League Management Company (LMC).
The clubs have thus been directed to choose alternative home grounds from Match Day 12 while they fix the problems recorded against their playing turf.
Salihu Abubakar, the LMC Chief Operating Officer, said the decisions were reached at the recent LMC Board meeting in Abuja which amongst other deliberations, assessed the reports as it concerned the state of the playing pitches. The LMC Board also gave the clubs a deadline of 45 days to work on other aspects of the facilities that were found to be below requirement.
Mr. Abubakar said the reports were classified in three parts: grounds that had approval, grounds with minor problems for which the club has been given one week to fix, and grounds with extensive problems for which the clubs have been asked to fix within two weeks.
Those granted full approval to host matches include Enyimba International Stadium, Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Liberation Stadium, Oghara Township Stadium and Warri Township Stadium. Others are Sani Abacha Stadium, Akure Township Stadium, Aper Aku Stadium, Lekan Salami Stadium and Ilorin Township Stadium.
Four clubs were directed to effect minor repairs on their pitches for which another round of inspection would be carried out on the club’s invitation after Match Day 12. The clubs are Heartland, FC IfeanyiUbah, Wikki Tourists and Abia Warriors.
Five other clubs whose grounds were adjudged to be in great disrepair have had their ground suspended to host games in the next two weeks starting following which progress of the repairs would be reviewd at the invitation of the clubs.
The clubs are Giwa FC, FC Taraba, El-Kanemi Warriors, Akwa United and Nasarawa United.
“What we have done is to allow them time to fix the identified problems and if they get it right, the suspension will be lifted but if they don’t, it stays,” explained Mr. Abubakar.
He added that alternative stadiums including those not hosting league games currently were inspected and recommended for the clubs to host their games. The alternative venues include the Abuja National Stadium, UJ Esuene Stadium in Calabar, Uyo International Stadium and Karkanda Stadium in Katsina. Others are Otunba Dipo Dina Stadium in Ijebu Ode, Pantami Stadium in Gombe, Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos and Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna.
“The clubs are free to choose any of these recommended venues for their home games until their grounds are re-certified,” Mr. Abubakar added.