The League Management Company (LMC) decided on Tuesday to banish Akwa United from their home ground, Uyo Township Stadium following disturbance in the side’s Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) Matchday 16 match against Warri Wolves.
The Uyo-based club coach, Justin Tenger has bemoaned the banishment of his side to the Rojenny Stadium in Oba, Anambra State, for the remainder of the season.
The LMC upheld the match report submitted to the center referee, Henry Ogunyamodi, who was allegedly assaulted by before the match was halted in its course. Akwa United are to forfeit three points and three goals to Warri Wolves as part of the decision taken.
Tenger, however, view his side’s banishment to Oba as ‘a big blow’ to their ongoing NPFL campaign.
“It’s a big blow to the team being banishing to Oba for their home matches.
“I think it’s very disappointing and terrible decision though I’m leaving comments and reactions for the management.
“We are told that the LMC will be meeting over the inconclusive match by 10am today (Tuesday) but before 9am their decisions are everywhere and we asked when did they met?
“As the coach of the side I’m disappointed but we’ll still go ahead to play in Oba waiting for the management position on the decision.
“It’s tough playing one’s home matches away from home. It puts us at a disadvantage but we’ll strive to make the best out of the bad situation,” Tenger told supersport.com.
Akwa United will play Kwara United at their new ground in Oba in a Matchday 18 fixture.
The Uyo-based club have picked up 20 points from a possible 51 and are presently ranked 18th on the log.