Wednesday, January 12, 2011

NPL bars troubled city from league games

The Nigeria Premier League (NPL) has temporarily stopped the Rwang Pam Stadium in Jos from playing host to league games until security improves in the troubled central Nigerian city.
Vice chairman of the Premier League, Shehu Gusau, said following the crisis that has bedevilled the city of Jos in the past days leading to several killings, the NPL decided to stop league games involving Jos University Teaching Hospital (Juth) Football Club (pictured) and Plateau United.
“Matches will not be played in Jos because of the security situation there in the past days. We don’t want to endanger the lives of players, officials and even spectators all in the name of football. So it is a precautionary measure and a temporary one too until the situation improves over there,” Gusau explained.
This development means that the two clubs – Juth and Plateau United – will have to play their home games for the time being elsewhere, according to Gusau.
Also, this weekend’s game between Plateau United and Niger Tornadoes earlier billed for the Rwang Pam Stadium in Jos will be played at another venue.
Gusau said the Premier League has contacted the clubs to pick new venues as temporary home grounds until the security concerns in Jos improve.
“We have told the clubs to find another venue and I expect that by today (Wednesday) they should have communicated with us so that we will know the plans. But we will still wait to hear from them,” said Gusau.

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