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NPL optimistic of sponsorship ahead of next season

18 September 2012, 10:25

Abuja  -  The Executive Secretry of the Nigeria Premier League, Tunji Babalola, has restated the league's resolve to have a viable title sponsor in place before the commencement of the 2012/2013 football season.

Babalola made this commitment while speaking with journalists on Monday in Lagos.

“We know we have lots of work to do; the most important of all is to ensure that we get a sponsor before the commencement of the next season, for a better league," he said.

“The NPL board is aware of its responsibilities to clubs, one of which is to provide funds. We can only do this when we have a credible sponsor that will fund the league."

The secretary warned that once the issue of a sponsor for the league has been settled, clubs will have no excuse for not paying players their remuneration.

“Immediately the league gets a sponsor, all clubs that fail to pay players and their officials salaries will be sanctioned appropriately," he assured.

On how the NPL would ensure that its league matches do not clash with CAF’s continental engagements, Babalola said that it would have no choice than to reschedule NPL-organised matches.

“The role of the club is to notify the NPL ahead of time, to avoid conflict. The secretariat should be briefed ahead of time," he said.

“Otherwise, it would be difficult for the NPL to run its own programme smoothly. So, we need the clubs to co-operate, to avoid clashes, because we want them to succeed."

Kano Pillars FC and Rangers International FC of Enugu will fly the country's flag at the 2013 edition of the CAF Champions League, while Heartland FC of Owerri and Lobi Stars FC of Markurdi are to represent the country in the CAF Confederation Cup, and Enyimba FC of Aba in the WAFU Cup.



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