Nembe City FC heads to Uyo for Akwa United, after LMC’s nod for return to NPFL

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ABUJA – Nembe City FC of Bayelsa said on Thursday it was heading to Uyo for its rescheduled Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) game with hosts Akwa United FC.

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Ebiakpo Baribote, the club’s Chairperson, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) the move became necessary after the League Management Company (LMC) scheduled the club’s earlier-postponed league matches.

She said the club’s rescheduled league match against FC Taraba was put on hold because of the registration conditions set by the LMC.

Baribote said the club had now submitted all necessary documents regarding the conditions to the league managers.

“We are travelling to Uyo on Friday for our match against Akwa United. We didn’t play FC Taraba, even as the game has been scheduled because some documents were not submitted then.

“But we have submitted all that is required now.

“Our match against Akwa United is on Sunday, but we have to be there on time to enable our players settle down before the game,’’ Baribote said.

She said the club would play its home matches at the Krisdera Hotel Stadium at Omoku, near Port Harcourt, until the league’s Matchday Nine.

The club chairperson said this was when the LMC was expected to have conducted the final inspection of match venues.

NAN reports that the LMC had rescheduled Nembe City FC’s matches from Week Five to Week Eight.

According to the fixtures, Nembe City FC will travel to Akwa United on April 6, before hosting Bayelsa United FC on April 13.

The Week Seven fixtures will see the club travel to Makurdi on April 20 to keep a date with Lobi Stars FC of Makurdi.

It will host Heartland FC of Owerri on April 23.

NAN recalls that Giwa FC, the other club of the two whose participation in the 2013/2014 NPFL competition was earlier put on hold, played its first NPFL season match on Wednesday.

The Jos-based club hosted Rangers International FC of Enugu, after it was included in the league by the LMC, winning 1-0.

Giwa FC will now face Warri Wolves in its second NPFL match on April 6.

Efforts to get Salihu Abubakar, the LMC Chief Operating Officer (COO), to comment on the April 2 deadline given to Nembe City FC to comply with provisional registration requirements, failed.(NAN)

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