Wednesday, May 04, 2011

FA Cup games stall league restart

The restart of the Nigeria Premier League (NPL) has suffered yet another postponement after the championship's arbiter has been forced to move forward this weekend's fixtures.
Acting Executive Secretary of the Premier League, Tunji Babalola, told on Thursday that the topflight in Nigeria can no longer restart this weekend due to FA Cup finals scheduled to hold at the state level.
He explained that the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) officially wrote the NPL to inform that the state FA Cup finals will hold on Saturday and Sunday across the country.
"It is not a pleasant news for us but we regret that the league cannot start again this weekend as we had hoped. This is because we just got a letter from the NFF informing us that the state FA Cup finals will be played this weekend.
"So we will have to adjust our fixtures to start the league again next Wednesday, as most of the Premier League clubs will take part in the state FA Cup finals. Before now most of the clubs have been calling us to know if it is the league or FA Cup they will play this weekend. We will communicate this to all the 20 clubs and do a re-adjustment to our fixtures for the second stanza," Babalola told
It is not the first postponement suffered in the restart of Nigeria's topflight which ended its first round on March 13.
Initial restart dates of April 20 and 30 have suffered shifts with the latest being May 7.

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