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LMC postpones league kick-off again

14 February 2014, 17:07Israel Ojoko

Lagos - The League Management Company has for the umpteenth time postponed the kick-off date for the 2013/14 season of the Glo Nigerian Premier League.

The kick-off of the new season has suffered several postponements since the least season ended in October 2013.

According to the LMC chairman, Nduka Irabor, some of the clubs are grappling with constraints including access to funding and validation of registration documentation, and the need to extend the kick-off by two weeks became paramount.

“We have agreed to accommodate this popular request to extend the registration process period to enable the Clubs tidy up their documents for certification.”

“We have considered reports of the stadium facilities inspection teams and the need to allow the Clubs two weeks period to correct observed deficiencies in their facilities, hence the League earlier scheduled to start on February 21-23 will now start on the weekend of March 7 through to March 10.

“There will be no further extension after this period and the League will start with only Clubs that meet the minimum requirements", declared the LMC Chairman.

He said the LMC will however not certify any Club that fails to comply with the recommended upgrades of the LMC Inspection team within the extension period granted.

“Consistent with our assertion that the reform policies are not punitive but standard minimum conditions, the LMC is inclined to accept the appeal to allow the Clubs carry out necessary, mandatory and prescribed adjustments in their facilities with the overall objective to have our games played in people-friendly environment," Irabor clarified.

The LMC is insisting on some minimum facility requirements at grounds proposed by Clubs to host league matches and some of these include properly furnished changing rooms, good egress and exit, safety equipment such as fire extinguishers, availability of water & electricity, properly constructed technical bench & good playing surface among others.

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