Lagos - The new season of the Glo Nigerian Premier League
will not resume in 2013.
Chairman of the League Management Company, Nduka Irabor, said
there is the need to license a professional club before they will be allowed
to take part in the league.
“In the next few days, we will be doing what the rest of the
world have done,” he began during a speech at the League Blogger Awards held in
“In 2007, FIFA decreed that all football clubs must be
licensed after meeting certain conditions. In 2008 FIFA published those
conditions, and in 2010 CAF adopted the condition. It is November 2013 and we
are no way near reaching this”.
“Clubs that are not as big as Nigerian clubs have all
adopted the conditions. The NFF (Nigeria Football Federatiion) have been
working hard to beat the December 31 deadline given by CAF. We must encourage
our clubs to make an effort to get the license, it is fundamental for football
growth, youth development and players’ welfare”, he said.
The 2012/13 season ended on October 20 with Kano Pillars
retaining their trophy won the previous season, and the LMC had earlier
proposed a November 23 kickoff for the new season. But with the latest
statement from Irabor, the league will start after the 2014 Championship for
African Nations (CHAN).
“We’ll wait for NFF to formally make the license available,
and then we’ll see if we can beat the deadline of December 31, if we do, we’ll start
the league immediately after CHAN, and if we don’t, we’ll push to get enough