Thursday, February 13, 2014

NPFL clubs ask for shift in kickoff can report that a sizeable number of Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) clubs are requesting that the League Management Company (LMC) shift the kick-off date for the 2013/14 season.

The clubs, it was learned, have contacted the LMC to offer them a two-week time frame to complete their registration and secure fund from their financiers for the season.

Eighteen of the 20 clubs due to complete in the NPFL this season are government owned.

The Glo Premier League clubs are believed to be about 10 in number and want the LMC to extend the period of registration into next week as well.

Also, the clubs are asking for time to ensure their home grounds meet the LMC requirement before the season kicks off in order to avoid playing in neutral stadia.

"We have asked the League Management Company to give us a grace of a week or two to be able to sort out ourselves so that we can meet their programmes for the new season.

"I can't really say we have this number or that number of (Premier League) clubs asking for the extension but I think it is about 10 clubs or more. Some of the requirement demanded by the LMC hasn't been budgeted for and we don't want to default from our own end. Many of the clubs are owned by government and we are yet to any response from our sponsors yet.

"A few of us are yet to complete registration for the new season and we want them to give us till next week to do so. The stadium inspection was done recently by the LMC and we need to put our home grounds in order so that we are not told to pick a neutral ground to play our home games this season as that will amount to huge financial burden on us," said an official of one of the affected clubs, who is at present in Abuja.

Officials of the LMC were unavailable to react to this latest development as they were in a meeting, Naijaligue.blogspotcom learned.

The Glo Premier League, otherwise known as the NPFL, is scheduled to start on February 21.

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