Shooting Stars barred from Obafemi Awolowo Stadium

Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) of Ibadan has been ordered to look for an alternative venue for its home league fixtures after Wednesday's match against Gombe United.

Acting Secretary of the Nigeria Premier League (NPL) board, Tunji Babalola, who stated this explained that the board took the decision following what it described as the 'television unfriendly' state of the Obafemi Awolowo Stadium pitch after watching last Saturday's league encounter between 3SC and Rising Stars of Akure that was live on Supersport television.

"Anybody that watched the league match between 3SC and Rising Stars would agree with me that the Obafemi Awolowo Stadium pitch was an embarrassment to the Nigeria Premier League. The pitch looked horrible and television unfriendly. Such a pitch cannot add value to our league" Babalola explained.

"We would have stopped 3SC from playing its next home match at the same venue but we considered the fact that the notice would have been too short for the club to make alternative arrangement before Wednesday. We, however, expect Shooting Stars to communicate us on the alternative venue for its subsequent home fixtures before or by Thursday latest," he stated.

Meanwhile, the NPL has warned that it would not hesitate to clamp down on any stadium already approved to host league matches whenever such a stadium falls below the acceptable standard due to poor maintenance.
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