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NFF orders LMC to ensure 2018/2019 NPFL season begin January 13

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The Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, says it has advised the League Management Company, LMC, to ensure the commencement of 2018/2019 Nigeria Professional Football League, NPFL season not later than January 13.

Ademola Olajire, NFF’s director of Communications, in a statement on Friday said the NFF Emergency Committee took the decision in reaction to letters received from clubs.

“Clubs which qualified for the Super 8 Tournament of the Nigeria National League (NNL) say their teams were depleted and therefore they do not have enough personnel to prosecute the competition as earlier scheduled.

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“This would have enabled the NPFL to commence on Dec. 30,’’ he said.

The NFF official said the three clubs which showed up in Aba as directed would each receive a compensation in the sum of N2 million each.

Mr Olajire added that the matter of the five clubs which failed to show up for the Super 8 would meanwhile be referred to the relevant NFF committee to deal with.

He said the five clubs would be given a two-week period of grace to recruit players to beef up their playing personnel before going on to play in the NNL Super 8.

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“The NNL has thus been directed therefore to pick new dates not later than Jan. 3 for the tournament,” Mr Olajire said.

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