From Pwanagba Agabus, Jos
Commissioner for Youth and Sports Development in Plateau State, Victor Lapang has assured supporters of current NPFL champions, Plateau United Football Club of Jos, that the upcoming CAF Champions League matches of the club would be played at the Rwang Pam Township stadium, Jos.
It would be recalled that Plateau United will be representing Nigeria at next season’s continental competition after finishing top via the points per game method (PPG) that was used to judge the just concluded Nigerian Professional Football League season as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Lapang disclosed this in an interview with sports journalists in Jos, the State Capital.
He said, “There is an ongoing plan to fix the Rwang Pam Township Stadium, and we are working with the Ministry of Housing to meet CAF standard.
“There will be an upgrade on the stadium that will meet CAF requirements, we are hoping work will start soon”, he explained.
Despite the stoppage of football activities in the country as a result of the aforementioned pandemic, the Sports Commissioner maintained that the club is already preparing ahead.
“Preparations are in top gear, we had a meeting with the technical crew about two weeks ago, to identify the players the team need so they can have an impact in the continental competition, the team have identified about six players.”
“Players have been told to report to camp yesterday (9th August 2020).
“Also, in the next two weeks, the players for re-enforcement will join them as they prepare for the CAF Champions League and 2020/2021 football season”, Lapang assured.
It would also be recalled that when Plateau Utd FC won the league title in 2017, they were forced to play their CAF champions league home matches outside the state because the African Football body couldn’t clear Jos stadium fit to host games, and it affected the performance of the team, as it recorded string of poor results; hence the need for adequate preparation.