NPL confirms League venues

The Stadium in Gusau that hosted Premier League matches last season

China Acheru

The Nigeria Premier League have confirmed venues for games in the Nigerian League that kicks off on Saturday, November 6, 2010.

Previously, some venues had been placed under a watch list for not having good pitches or being television friendly and clubs feared their stadia may not host League matches at all.

But a release made available to the football press by the Head of Media and Communications of the League, Emeka Nwani showed most League venues passed the quality test to host games.

The star match of the week in Kaduna between Kaduna United and Kano Pillars will hold at the Kaduna Township Stadium rather than the Ahmadu Bello Stadium that hosted the World Cup in 1999 and 2009 at U20 and U17 categories respectively.

On Sunday, newly promoted Bukola Babes host Zamfara United at the Offa Township stadium and not their original home ground, the Ilorin Township Stadium which is currently undergoing renovation.

Shooting Stars will be forced to play outside their usual fortress, the Lekan Salami stadium at Adamasingba as they host Sunshine Stars at the Liberty Stadium in Ibadan.

The Gusau Stadium, Zamfara United's home ground
Another newly promoted side, Plateau United were a bit lucky as they host Dolphins before their volatile fans at the Rwang Pam Stadium in Jos.

Sharks, playing at their newly rebuilt stadium, the Sharks Stadium will host JUTH of Jos, while Gombe United were denied permission to play in their substandard Abubarkar Umar stadium in Gombe.

They will host Heartland at the Abubarkar Tafawa Balewa Stadium in Bauchi; a stadium that hosted the U20 World Cup in 1999, the All Africa Games in 2003 and the U17 World Cup in 2009.

The Nnamdi Azikiwe stadium in Enugu
Niger Tornadoes managed to get their usually substandard Bako Kontagora Stadium in Minna ready on time to host another newly promoted side, Crown, while Warri Wolves never envisaged any problems as they host Kwara United at the Warri City Stadium, a venue that has hosted the Africa Women Championships in 2002 and 2006 as well as an Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match between Nigeria and Lesotho in 2007.

League champions, Enyimba host Ocean Boys at their Enyimba International Stadium ground  while Rangers International had no problems convincing the inspectors that the Nnamdi Azikiwe stadium would be good to host Lobi Stars.
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  1. Should Stadia inspection and subsequent approval not done as at when the league of last season went on recess?

    Why cant NPL group clubs like Kaduna Utd, Niger Tornadoes, Gombe Utd etc to play at one or 2 of the stadia that host the Youth Championships?

    The same should be done to South Western clubs.
    Immagine Sunshine with the calibre of players and pedigree in Nigerian Football playing in such a distance in Minna?
    It does not speak well?
    by the way, any insurance policy against road accidents and robbery?
    China, back to you!

    Tunde Bello

  2. there is an insurance partner for the league.
    They are IGI insurance. But I will need to get details of the partnership deal.
    Thanks for the comment