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
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
“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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