Nigeria make formal complaint over AYC pitch


The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) have made a formal complaint to the local organisers of the African Youth Championship (AYC) over the poor state of the pitch at the Dobsonville Stadium in Johannesburg.

The stadium is planned to host all but two matches in the 28-match schedule of the AYC, but all the teams have complained that the muddy and uneven playing surface caused by the rains has worked against them thus far.

“The poor condition of the pitch has affected the quality of play and denied the players the opportunity to display their skills,” read the formal complaint signed by NFF assistant general secretary, Mohammed Sanusi.

“The condition of the pitch has kept deteriorating match by match. Using the pitch for the next matches will not only affect the quality of the play and entertainment, but also expose the players to injury.”

The NFF have therefore urged the organisers to move the remaining matches to a more suitable venue.
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