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Nigeria Football League Blacklists Ibadan Stadium Despite Purported ₦5.5bn Renovation By Governor

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The playing turf of the Lekan Salami Stadium in Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria, has been declared unfit to host Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL) matches.

The pronouncement was made in a statement issued by the league board on Thursday via its official website.

Diaspora Digital Media understands that this comes barely a year after the stadium was rehabilitated by the Oyo State Government under the leadership of Seyi Makinde to the tune of Five Billion Five Hundred and Eighty Million, One Thousand One Hundred and Fifty-One Naira, Sixty-Two Kobo (₦5,580,001,151:62k), and handed over to the state-owned football club, Shooting Stars (3SC).

3SC was named alongside six other affected clubs, including Sunshine Stars of Akure, Plateau United of Jos, and Kwara United of Ilorin.

Others are Abia Warriors of Aba, Niger Tornadoes of Minna, and newly promoted El Kanemi Warriors of Maiduguri.

The statement reads in full: “Lagos will host the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL), which will deliberate on the 2024/25 season scheduled to start on August 31, 2024.

“And towards the August kick-off date, some clubs have been directed to carry out remedial works to ensure that their grounds meet Facilty Requirements of the Club Licensing Regulations.

“In a letter to the clubs dated July 2, Davidson Owumi, the Chief Operating Officer, felicitated the clubs on the successful completion of the last season and extended the invitation for the AGM.

“I write to convey the warm wishes of the Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL) Board and Management and to congratulate member clubs for the successful completion of the 2023/24 season.

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“It is in working towards the new season’s earnest preparations and take-off on August 31, 2024, that the Board has elected to invite member clubs for the AGM on a tentative date of July 15-16 in Lagos”, the letter to the clubs read.

The NPFL informed the clubs through the letter that a number of them have been told about the unacceptable conditions of their playing turf and the absence of broadcast support facilities such as elevated camera stands.

“As we look forward to the meeting, letters have been written to some of the clubs whose facilities were found not suitable to host the NPFL matches in the new season in compliance with provisions of Facility requirements of the Club Licensing Regulations”, noted Owumi who urged the clubs not in receipt of the letters to embark on a self review of their facilities to ensure they met requirements for approval.

“Abia Warriors, Sunshine Stars, Shooting Stars, and Kwara United are among the clubs that have been directed to work on defects in their stadium.

“The others are Niger Tornadoes, Plateau United, and the newly promoted El-Kanemi Warriors.

“They were ordered to upgrade their playing turf or face the prospect of playing on alternative grounds.”


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