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Glo NPL new season to kick off in 2014

21 November 2013, 14:37Israel Ojoko

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 Lagos.

“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 clubs registered”.


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