By G9ija

Youths especiacially athletes are currently protesting plans by the authorities of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) to turn only functional football pitch located within the nation’s capital to agricultural storage ground.

The playing turf located at Area 10 Garki is popularly known as Old Parade Ground.

Already, Labourers sighted at the pitch were seen removing the perimeter fence where truck load of farm produce will pass through to dump the produce, thereby destroying the pitch permanently.

Also, in an effort to broaden space for heavy- duty trucks, FCTA reportedly pulled down a major fence leading directly to the pitch.

The football ground is where most teams in FCT train and play competitive league matches every week.

While the young athletes are still converging, few others were seen grudgingly training.

Few months ago, Ratels Sports Development Foundation (RSDF), owners of a Nigeria Women Premier League (NWPL) Naija Ratels spent millions of naira to regrass the pitch.

The club owned by a passionate football administrator Barr. Paul Edeh also rehabilitated the athletes’ dressing rooms.