RESUMPTION OF NPFL CONFIRMED AS LMC RELEASE CALENDAR
• Schedules two Super 4 Tournaments in Kaduna and Uyo
• Season kicks-off February 21, ends October 2
• Licensing Documentation ends February 10
Business resumes on the field-of-play in the Nigeria Professional Football League as the League Management Company (LMC) announced a broad calendar for the 2015/16 season providing two rounds of Super 4 tournaments and a start date of February 21 for the regular season which will end on October 2.
Pre-season and mid-season seminars and capacity development programmes, LMC Annual General Meeting (AGM) with participating clubs, stadium inspections as well as club licensing procedures which form a core of activities organized by the LMC were detailed in the calendar.
In releasing the calendar of activities, the LMC said it has been drawn up based on discussions with participating clubs and in consideration of proposed fixtures of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Federation Cup.
"We have, following various consultations, been properly guided to streamline the activities of the NPFL, the NFF Federations Cup as well as CAF competition dates", the LMC stated in a media release on Tuesday.
"Provision has been made for the NFF Club Licensing compliance and cut-off dates inserted to ensure compliance by clubs as required by CAF," the statement further explains.
The first round of the NPFL Super 4 will hold in Kaduna from January 20-24 while the second round will be played in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State from February 1-5.
"The rationale for the two rounds of NPFL Super 4 is to get our clubs that will be playing on the continent to play at least six competitive games from the two tournaments to sufficiently prime them to reasonable match fitness. The tournament will as usual be played on a round-robbing structure". Preliminary rounds of the CAF Club competitions will hold on the weekend of February 12-14.
On implementation of the club licensing requirements, the LMC said that all clubs have been given a cut-off date of February 10 to ensure the settlement of any overdue payments to players and coaches arising from the 2014/15 season and or provide acceptable financial guarantee instruments to secure the payments as well as tentative payment plan from the clubs proprietors.
The need for the enforcement of these provisions come on the heels of a mandate from the NFF to the LMC to ensure outstanding payments from clubs to players are expedited or the clubs risk not participating in any league football.
LMC, as the NFF First Instant Body (FIB) on the management and operations of club licensing in Nigeria has also set a deadline of February 15, for the issuance of the NFF Club Licensing Certificate as directed by CAF to clubs that have met the minimum criteria for participation in the 2016 NPFL Season.
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