Saturday, July 23, 2011

NPL to monitor season-end games

In a bid to curb match-fixing, the Nigeria Premier League (NPL) has vowed to keep tabs on the remaining games in this season's championship.
Chairman of the Premier League, Davidson Owumi, disclosed that the league arbiter has concluded arrangement to ensure that Nigerian topflight is not enmeshed in a controversial ending.

“We are going to ensure that we send out people that will also monitor the games from now," said Owumi.

The NPL chief also called on match officials to keep in touch with the rules of the game to avoid friction in the last games.

“And that is why I want to call on the referees, match commissioners, players and officials to make sure that they abide by the rules.

“The referees have done well in the season. But in the remaining matches, they must ensure that they give every team the opportunity to exhibit their abilities on the pitch.

“The match commissioners must ensure that all the matches are played according to rules governing the game.

The former Enugu Rangers' CEO added that the Premier League is looking forward to a champion being crowned at the end of the season without controversy.

“All these measures will enable us produce a true champion at the end of the season. While thanking everybody that has helped in the running of the league, I am counting on their full cooperation in this last lap to give our league a befitting end,” Owumi said.

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