The request put in by Nigerian football club, Sunshine Stars for the approval to return to their home stadium, Akure Township Stadium for its home matches has been turned down by the League Management Company (LMC).
In their response to the club, the LMC acknowledged steps taken by Sunshine Stars to renovate the changing rooms of the home and away teams as well as that of Match Officials but noted that the real work is in replacing the playing turf.
In refusing the request of the club, the LMC wrote, “However, we refer you to our letter once again and reiterate that the primary concern is for the synthetic pitch to be replaced having been completely damaged by overuse.
“You will also recall that we received a firm commitment from your Honorable Commissioner of Sports that the pitch will be replaced last year which made us to grant conditional approval for Sunshine Stars to use the stadium for last season.
“We are therefore unable to grant your request for clearance to play Sunshine Stars matches at Akure until the synthetic pitch is replaced”.
For these reason, Sunshine Stars will continue to play their home fixtures at the Dipo Dina Stadium in Ijebu Ode, Ogun state.