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NFF justifies shift of NPFL league season

Leadership of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) have tasked the Interim Management Committee (IMC) responsible for the running of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) to ensure that the nation’s top flight is well aligned with the European football calendar.

NFF President, Ibrahim Musa Gusau gave the charge, while speaking at a brief ceremony, where the IMC doled out N0.2 billion, to the 20 premier league clubs, primed to take part in the 2022/23 abridged league season, which gets underway on Sunday.

Gusau said it is imperative for the 2023/2024 NPFL League Season to resume in August, so that players in the domestic top flight could have a deserved break and time to go for trials, anywhere in the world, without distorting the league.

The NFF President also canvassed that starting the league in August will benefit the teams playing in CAF’s Inter-Club Championships.

He described the day as a big one, which underlines the dawn of a new era, on how best things should be done, and in keeping with the electioneering promised he made to change the narrative of Nigerian Football for good.

On the contentious NPFL Abridged League, Gusau said it is a ‘child of necessity’ and should be embraced by all stakeholders, because only a united house, can attract more sponsors, and additional funding.

“This is not the first time, clubs were given such grants by the League, but it’s the first in a long while, and we have to be grateful for that”, Gusau said.

He concluded by saying, that he insisted that the N200 million take off grant be made public, as Nigerians must be regularly updated on what the NFF is doing, to revitalise football in the country, as that’s the only way to get the buy in of all and stakeholders.

Chairman of the IMC, Gbenga Elegbeleye said each Club will get N10 million as takeoff grant, and such assistance will continue, depending on the availability of funds.

The IMC Chairman, reiterated that the champions of the upcoming season will in addition to a befitting trophy, take home and an unprecedented N100 million.

Writing by Chinedum Ohanusi; Editing by Muzha Kucha