Abuja - The 2013/14 season of the Nigeria National League (NNL),
earlier scheduled to commence this weekend, will now start on Saturday, 15th
February, according to NNL Chairman, Chief Emeka Inyama.
After a meeting with President of Nigeria Football Federation,
Aminu Maigari in Abuja on Thursday, Inyama disclosed that an agreement has been
reached to move the kick-off date by three weeks.
“We looked at a number of challenges on ground, and came to
the conclusion that it would serve all the stakeholders and the National League
body itself well to postpone the commencement of the season by a few weeks”, he
said in a statement.
“The NFF President gave us assurance that within a few
weeks, the Federation would be able to assist the NNL with some money for
purpose of payment of indemnities of match officials.
“This burden has been borne previously by the clubs, and
they have made it clear they are no longer able to shoulder the responsibility,
added to the fact that it is rather untidy for the clubs to be paying indemnities
of match officials,” Inyama explained.