Naija Super Eight zonal play-offs get new venue as CAF takes over Uyo stadium
The zonal play-offs of the forthcoming Naija Super Eight football competition will now hold at the Eket Township Stadium, Akwa Ibom, from June 1 to 3, instead of the earlier advertised Godswill Akpabio Stadium.
According to the organisers of the Super Eight competition, Flykite Productions, the venue change was necessitated by the decision of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to use the Godswill Akpabio Stadium for its Super League, hence the demand that the facility be refurbished ahead of the competition.
Flykite Productions Managing Director, Jenkins Alumona, yesterday, explained: “The managers of Godswill Akpabio International Stadium informed us that the facility has been chosen as the venue for the CAF Super League and it will need to be refurbished ahead of the competition.
“This has left us with no option than to move the play-offs to Eket, which, thankfully, has a great facility and is close to Uyo.
“The Eket Township Stadium, which was completed less than a year ago, is in good shape. The town is also a football location and we assure fans that they will have a great time watching the play-offs.”
The 12-club zonal play-offs are the first of the two stages of Naija Super Eight and are designed to determine representatives of the six geo-political zones at the finals to be held in Lagos from June 16 to 25.
To qualify for the play-offs, clubs must be among the two with the highest vote tallies from their zones after the completion of the ongoing fan voting, which opened on April 10, will end on Friday.
The top two teams from each zone will take on each other in a single-game elimination match, with winners proceeding to the finals, where two wildcard teams to be decided by the organisers will join them.
Alumona called on fans, who have not voted, to visit www.naijasuper8.ng to vote for their favourite clubs to be part of the competition.
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