The four-month old ban placed on the Sani Abacha Stadium, the home base of Kano Pillars FC has been lifted off by the League Management Company (LMC) on Wednesday.
Pillars, which have been laid off since the ban was placed, can now return to match actions with the full support of their fans when they host champions, Rangers International of Enugu on match-day 29 of the ongoing Nigerian Professional League (NPFL).
Sunshine Stars of Akure were also denied the comfort of their home base for the unruly behavior of their fans. They have also been playing at the Dipo Dina Stadium without the presence of their fans and spectators alike.
LMC, in lifting the ban, informed the two premier league clubs that such decision was necessary having reviewed the conditions set out in the suspension order issued them.
It however said that the two league clubs will have to prove that they have truly complied with the stated terms while they play their next two home matches. The LMC also believed that the amended safety and security measures demanded of the clubs are complied with.
The league body is yet to be satisfied with Sunshine Stars level of compliance, and its ban from Akure Township Stadium to Otunba Dipo Dina Stadium remains.
LMC: “The Akure Township Stadium would only be admitted to host Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) matches after confirming that the club has fully complied with the required measures.”
Among other conditions, Kano Pillars were required to meet all of these: Provision of revised match day security plan; evidence of prosecution of complicit individuals; and evidence of fans and supporters education workshops.
The LMC upheld the result of the Match-day 28 between Enyimba and Niger Tornadoes in Calabar since the complainant, Niger Tornadoes’ claims could not be substantiated in accordance to Rule C5.
Tornadoes had requested the league body to award it the maximum points and three goals on the claim that Enyimba featured a suspended player, Ikechukwu Ibenegbu after he had secured five yellow cards.
Enyimba in its account, said that featuring the player was unintentional since the notice of suspension was delayed. It also referred to past incidences the previous season when it informed Nasarawa United in Makurdi of its intention to use a suspended player, Thomas Zenke, who was not used eventually.
It also said Kano Pillars informed the Aba team of the use of a suspended player, Nzube Anaezemba, in Port Harcourt but he was not used in the match.
It therefore submitted that it is unprofessional of Tornadoes to have withheld useful information only to resort protest at the end.