The League Management Company (LMC) has expressed satisfaction with the efforts of NPFL clubs to upgrade their stadium infrastructure in accordance with a recent league body directive in accordance with the infrastructure requirements of the Licensing Regulation. CAF and NFF.
LMC President Shehu Dikko read the scorecard after a review of the works at affected match venues, noting that some of the clubs likely not to complete their stadium upgrade have already indicated alternative venues for their matches. at home for the NPFL 2020/2021. season.
On October 30, 2020, the LMC published a list of 13 approved stadiums for the 2020/2021 season, while another 11 were recommended for specific updates / renewals prior to recertification / approval to host NPFL games.
In the field report, Dikko said: “The LMC is pleased to report that several of the stadiums that were denied approval are already undergoing the necessary renovations / updates to meet the conditions set for recertification / approval as per established by the LMC while in some cases, some of the affected clubs have confirmed an alternative venue chosen from the already approved land pending the completion of the works on their land of origin ”.
A report compiled by LMC Compliance shows that the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium,
Enugu, home to Rangers International, is currently in the process of renovating / upgrading the field and other infrastructure, while arrangements are said to have been finalized to install a new field for the first quarter of 2021.
The report also noted that the Ifeanyi Ubah Stadium is also undergoing repair works to fix the natural grass pitch and other infrastructure such as changing rooms, new security barricades, electronic scoreboard, etc.
At Plateau United’s New Jos City Stadium, work has begun on fixing the changing rooms, stadium chairs, installing the electronic scoreboard and clearing up construction debris, etc.
The LMC had ordered the Umuahia Stadium to be completely redesigned and rebuilt and, while the Abia Warriors management contemplates how to do this, the club has sought and obtained the approval of the LMC to play its home matches at the Enyimba Stadium in Aba.
The Jigawa stars, who were also instructed to redesign and rebuild Dutse Stadium, have for now confirmed Ahmadu Bello Stadium as their stadium for the 2020/2021 season until construction work on their stadium is completed.
Warri Wolves has also proposed moving to Ozoro Stadium, subject to LMC approval until Warri Stadium is renovated.
The LMC president said the evaluation of work progress on all affected sites would be an ongoing activity to determine their suitability prior to the start of the 2020/2021 season.