LMC chair insists NPFL will kick-off on scheduled date

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The League Management Company have insisted that the proposed January 13 date for Nigeria Professional Football League still stands.

According to the by LMC Chairman and 2nd Vice-President, Shehu Dikko, while speaking on Channels Sports, the contentious NNL Super 8 will now start in Aba on January 5 and end January 8.

He said; “The NNL have made their plans. I think they want to start on the 5th, I guess, to finish on the 8th or 9th.Because of the holidays they are giving the teams time to arrive. I think the 3rd or 4th. Everything around that end is being sorted.

“We will get it done and we can start the league. We have learnt our lessons from what happened. And see how we can avoid the mistakes going farther. At the end of the day, Nigerian football”.

Dikko was also ecstatic that Lobi Stars and Rangers are excelling in the continent.

He continued; “Already the decision we took to put Lobi on the continent has paid off. They have qualified for the group stage (of CAF Champions League) meaning the decision has worked. If it didn’t work, we would have taken the flak as well. Rangers are on the verge of qualifying for the (CAF Confederation Cup) group stage, God willing”.

He is optimistic Nigerian domestic league will come out of the current crisis better and stronger.

“Everything is coming back to normal. We will learn these lessons and build going forward. There are a lot of things that need to be done, to get the league better. We need to focus on those issues. Everything will turn out as planned and at the end of the day, all these crisis will be (for) the best”, he added.

Meanwhile, six of the clubs involved in the Nigeria National League Super 8 playoff insisted they would not honour the tournament.

As at 8pm last night, only one club, Gombe United, was in Aba, the venue of the playoff as others remain adamant.

According to newtelegraphonline, all the clubs trained at their respective states after resuming from the yuletide break.

Shooting Stars of Ibadan on Wednesday morning trained at the Lekan Salami Stadium, Ibadan while Remo Stars were cited at their training pitch at Ikenne Remo, Ogun State.

At the Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna, Kaduna United and Real Stars were both seen perfecting their strategies at the Training Pitch A and B respectively.

Kogi United were not left out as they continue their training under the watchful eyes of Coach Tunde Abdulrahman.

The playoff earlier scheduled to start today (January 3) in Aba, Abia State, might not take place as the NNL already requested for a shift in date.


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