Rescheduled Nigerian League Game Called Off After FIFA Take Over Match Venue

The Nigerian Premier League now has to take a back seat to the FIFA Under-17 World Cup...

A rescheduled Nigeria Premier League match involving Kano Pillars and Zamafara United was called off at the last minute on Wednesday after FIFA officials insisted they had taken over the match venue in time for the Under-17 World Cup, which kicks off on Saturday.

Pillars were to host Zamfara at the Sabongari Township Stadium in Kano, one of the designated training grounds for the World Cup.

Both teams as well as the match officials were at the stadium only to be ordered out by FIFA officials before the match could kick off.

"The match will now be played after the World Cup in November," Nigeria Premier League (NPL) official, Tunji Babalola told

The Nigerian league is in the midst of a three-week break as most of its match venues will stage the Under-17 World Cup, which ends on November 15.

The top NPL official also disclosed that Thursday's rescheduled match between Warri Wolves and Heartland in Oleh has also been put off to allow Heartland to prepare adequately for the first leg final of this year's CAF Champions League against TP Mazembe DR Congo on November 1 in Owerri.

Samm Audu,