FC IfeanyiUbah head coach Uche Okagbue has accused the League Management Company (LMC) of not being ‘fair to us’ after the league body moved their Match Day 9 home encounter against Kano Pillars from Nnewi to Port Harcourt – a fixture they eventually lost 1-0 to the 4-time NPFL champions.
Having already played four home matches this season at their Nnewi home ground, the IfeanyiUbah stadium, the Anambra Warriors were forced to shift base to the Adokiye Amiesimaka stadium in Port Harcourt to accommodate a double-header live TV broadcast, with reports suggesting their turf in Nnewi is not television-friendly.
Speaking after an Auwalu Ali Malam 23rd minute strike condemned his side to a 1-0 defeat to Pillars, Okagbue said he hasn’t witnessed a situation where a team is moved from her home ground to another in the course of a season.
“It’s one of those things, but I must be sincere to you, the LMC is not fair to us,” he said.
“It’s just like you want to play a match in Manchester United’s Old Trafford, you now tell them to go and play in Man. City (Etihad stadium). It’s not done. I’ve not heard of such a thing in my life.
“Your home match, they took it to a neutral ground to go and play. Is that right? It’s not right,” a disappointed Okagbue concluded.
It is, however, not the first time the LMC have made such a decision this season. Adamawa United, who play their home matches this term in Gombe, were moved to the Tafawa Balewa stadium in Bauchi for their Match Day 6 home fixture against Enyimba, which they lost 2-1 to the 2-time African champions.
Section B, Art. 4.7 of the 2019/20 NPFL Framework and Rules states that: “LMC reserves the right to order that a Club plays its designated home matches at a specified venue where the Club fails to secure approval of its preferred home ground or in the overriding sporting, commercial or broadcast considerations of the League or in public interest.”
With the defeat to Kano Pillars in Port Harcourt on Monday, FC IfeanyiUbah remained in the relegation zone on 18th position, with 8 points from 9 matches.