Minister of Sports, Sunday Dare, has ordered clubs in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) to desist from using the Moshood Abiola National Stadium, Abuja, in the meantime.
The Sports minister’s order was issued against the backdrop of the Super Eagles coach, Jose Peseiro complaining about the poor state of the playing surface following Sunday’s training session.
The Super Eagles also did not train on the pitch on Monday to allow groundsmen to put it in proper shape before Thursday’s 2023 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against the Leone Stars of Sierra.
They had their training on Monday at the practice pitch of the stadium.
“The pitch can be used only for matches involving the national teams,” an official of the sports ministry Mohammed Manga told NAN.
“We have to keep the stadium’s main pitch in good shape for use for international matches involving the national teams,” he said.
Recall that Kano Pillars were banished to Abuja by the League Management Company following crowd trouble in their home clash against Katsina United.