NPL get it wrong again on stadia

The pitch of the Bako Kontagora Stadium in Minna
The Nigeria Premier League may have goofed again in the approval of stadia to host League matches in the country.

Two Premier League clubs, Kwara United and Bukola Babes who share a ground, the Ilorin Township Stadium were forced to use the Offa Township Stadium because their ground did not meet the minimum requirements to host games.

However, after five weeks of League games the Offa Township Stadium was criticized by League watchers after a game last weekend between Kwara United and Heartland prompting the NPL to order both clubs to pick an alternative venue yet again before close of work on Wednesday.

Kwara United eventually picked the Gateway International Stadium at Shagamu while Bukola Babes went for the Bako Kontagora Stadium in Minna.

The Gateway International Stadium at Shagamu is definitely top notch but the Bako Kontagora Stadium which is currently home ground of another Premier League side, Niger Tornadoes may be as bad as the Offa Township Stadium.

The question League watchers should be asking now is, “How on earth did the Stadium in Minna get the nod to replace a stadium that is of the same level as it is?”

Amongst the worst playing surfaces in Nigeria, the one in Minna must stand pretty alongside those in Gusau, Akure and Makurdi

The NPL’s Head of Media, Emeka Nwani could not be reached at the time of writing this piece but will hear from the NPL how Minna got the nod to host more League games.
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