The Nigeria Premier Football League, NPFL, has banned the Umuahia Township Stadium and the Dan Anyiam Stadium, Owerri from hosting games.

The stadiums are home ground of Abia Warriors and Heartland, respectively.

In a statement by the league body, both teams have been advised to seek alternative venues before their matchday 19 fixtures.

The statement reads: “The home grounds of Abia Warriors in Umuahia and Heartland FC in Owerri have been withdrawn from playing hosts to matches in the 2nd round of this season due to poor condition of the pitches.

“Both clubs are expected to select alternative home grounds from 3 NPFL approved venues in Aba, Enugu or Port Harcourt on or before their Matchday 19 fixture.

“The Umuahia Township Stadium and Dan Anyiam Stadium can only be reconsidered for playing hosts to NPFL matches if appropriate measures are taken to improve the playing surfaces to meet required standards.”

Abia Warriors will be in action against Remo Stars in Ikenne while Heartland face Kano Pillars at the Sani Abacha Stadium on Sunday.

NPFL bans Abia Warriors, Heartland from playing on home ground

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