Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Premier League Campaign To End June 20

The Premier League calendar has revealed that the ongoing season would terminate on June 20.
According to the amended schedule made available to Naijaligue.blogspot.com by the Media Department of the Nigeria Premier League (NPL), the last 10 matches have been planned to hold simultaneously across the country.
But the adjustment in the NPL calendar would mean that the Premier League in the country would end nine days after the kick off of the FIFA World Cup in South Africa on June 11.
Head of Competition, Premier League, Tunji Babalola, told Naijaligue.blogspot.com that the various postponement of matches have necessitated to the new termination date of the league on June 20 when the World Cup would be ongoing.
Babalola disclosed that though the June 20 date is subject to change if there is an opening in the calendar of the Premier League to move matches so as to finish the league before the World Cup kicks off.
“It is always a difficult task to reschedule matches in the league especially when some clubs are playing on the continent. We have also had situations where players in the league have had to play for the national team like in the case of Heartland.
“But we are still looking at any opportunity or opening that the football calendar for this season would offer us to reschedule matches so that we can finish before the World Cup begins,” he said.
Asked if the NPL was considering moving a few of the fixtures to mid-week in order to finish in time the Premier League official said that possibility is being considered and with concern for clubs playing on the continent.
At the start of the season, the first schedule for the 2009/2010 Premier League season released by the NPL had April 16, 2010 as termination date.
But that timetable was quickly jettisoned as soon as the CAF club competitions began this year, which led to the Premier League giving a new termination date of June 6.
However, subsequent postponement of matches in this season’s campaign now means that the league would be played nine days into the World Cup.

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