NPFL Opener: Enyimba Still ‘Homeless’ 48 Hours To Kick-Off
Barely 48 hours to the start of the 2018 NPFL season, Enyimba FC of Aba is yet to secure a home venue for its league and international matches.
Eyimba played its home matches in the U.J.Esuene Stadium,Calabar last season as its stadium in Aba is still under construction and is now in dilemma on where to host its matches as the U.J. Esuene stadium venue has not been fixed .
Vanguard gathered that in the past two weeks Eyimba has been in Calabar apparently trying to secure venue for its matches but as at Thursday that has not been determined and some players and officials hinted that the team is yet to finalise issues with the State Sports Commission.
The Club side that underwent Pre –season camping at Akure and later returned to Calabar has been alternating training pitches to the dismay of the technical crew and especially the newly signed players and the team is expecting CAF Stadia inspectors ahead of its Confederation Cup engagements from February.
An impeccable source among the players and officials expressed worry that overtures for the team to train or host friendly matches on the U.J. Esuene pitches were rebuffed by the proprietors of the facility and their problem is further engrossed as to which venue to flaunt when the delegation arrives Nigeria for the inspection.
The Chairman State Sports Commission, Chief Orok Duke said that the Aba side are in Calabar on their own. His words : “We are not aware that they intend to use our Stadium as they did last year plus the CAF Cup.You are aware of the whole hearted support we gave them and succor that they qualified for the CAF Cup Championship, respect is reciprocal and should be upheld as a norm in life.
‘’Please ask them if they have any obligation with us as far as the NPFL which begins in the weekend is concern,” he said. The Chairman of the Enyimba Management Committee ,Prince Emeka Anyansi will not pick his calls or even reply messages placed on his phone on the matter.