Ahead of the 2010/2011 league season that kicks off this weekend, the Nigeria Premier League (NPL) has provisionally given two stadia the greenlight to play hosts to matches in the top-flight division.
The Premier League declared that Offa Township Stadium, Ilorin and Mamman Kontagora Stadium in Minna have temporarily satisfied the requirements of playing hosts to league matches this season.
Bukola Babes and Kwara United will use the Offa Township Stadium as home ground due to the ongoing renovation of the Ilorin Township Stadium while the Mamman Kontagora Stadium remains the home of Niger Tornadoes.
However, the NPL has placed the home grounds of Gombe United, Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) and Zamfara United on its watch list.
The stadia of the three clubs are due for inspection on November 11, according to a statement from the league arbiter.
“Only Offa Township Stadium and Maman Kontagora Stadium, Minna have been given provisional certification, as the home grounds of Gombe United, Zamfara United and 3SC are on readiness watch list for inspection on Wednesday, November 11, 2010,” the NPL said.
But Gombe United could be playing in a new stadium due for opening this month, according to their coordinator, Mallam Farouk Yarma.
The new ground is known as the Pantami Stadium, and it is expected that Gombe United could move into it by next month.
“The stadium is complete and soon it will be officially opened and I believe that by December, Gombe United should be playing their home matches there,” said Yarma.
The Premier League has also written to clubs whose grounds are on its watch list to notify its secretariat of the conditions and readiness of their stadia by noon today.
The league body has vowed to invoke Article 3.3(3) of the NPL rules and regulations for the 2010/2011 season by assigning alternative venues for clubs on its watch list that fail to ascertain the readiness of their grounds sequel to inspection.