Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) champions Plateau United have confirmed Lagos as their adopted home ground for the CAF Confederation Cup.
Plateau United technical director Ahmed Ibrahim divulged to Naijafootballplus.com that the NPFL Champions’ Confederation Cup playoff first leg fixture against USM Alger will hold in Lagos on Saturday.
Plateau United played their last home game against Etoile of Tunisia in Kano in the CAF Champions League first round after CAF disapproved the Zaria road stadium in Jos. The Jos based club won 1-0 in Kano but were knocked out of the CAF elite competition on goals’ difference to the Tunisian side.
“We have adopted Lagos as our home against USM Alger. We had two options Uyo and Lagos but we picked Lagos because the city is the hub of football. It’s unfortunate CAF didn’t approved our stadium in Jos despite all our hard work, we hope to be blessed in Lagos,” said Ibrahim.
Meanwhile, Plateau United and Lagos born forward Tosin Omoyele has expressed optimism his side will fly high against USM Alger this weekend.
Omoyele born in Lagos played for defunct COD United before moving to Osun United in 2017. His exploit in the Nigeria National League (NNL) with the Osun based team earned him a lucrative deal with the NPFL champions. He has scored five goals this season, three in the NPFL and two continental goals.
“I am excited the game will hold in my home (Lagos), it will be a fantastic experience for me to play in front of my friends and family. I’m not worried and my confidence is high, I am sure of massive support for my team.
“We are prepared for another huge task, change of venue won’t be an acceptable reason. We played in Kano against Etoile and we won, even though the result wasn’t enough for us to sail through but we have learnt our lessons and we must improve our performance especially in the attack.
“Lagos fans have got passion for football and we should concentrate more on our performance on the pitch because we won’t lack fans support.
“Another North African team for us and we must prove our mettle this time, we have to secure a big result in Nigeria, score plenty of goals and ensure we keep a clean sheet. It won’t be easy but I am optimistic we’ll fly high,” Omoyele said to Naijafootballplus.com.
Plateau United will host USM Alger in Lagos on Saturday at the Soccer Temple, Agege.