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The league organisers have disclosed that the country’s topflight division season will commence on March 7, 2015
The League Management Company has announced that the Nigeria Professional Football League will restart its 2014/2015 season on March 7,2015.
Chairman of the LMC, Nduka Irabor, said the possible late resumption were in view of ensuring unresolved issues which almost marred the start of the recently-concluded season are settled.
Irabor further explained that the organising body were willing to avail time for the adoption of its community ownership initiative and as well avoid clash with the upcoming 2015 general elections in the country.
“The new season will start by March 7. There are many reasons to do that – we need to replenish the league body, the footballers needs to rest and also meet with their friends.
“You remember how we struggled to make sure there provision to make regular payment of recent salaries, this time we want that to be adopted within the time. More that anything else, we are giving clubs more time to clear their backlogs.
“We have to realise the environment in which we operate, we are not in Europe and We have general elections and it’s second week of February,” he continued.
“Often time, electioneering campaign is taking place in our football arena. we don’t want to struggle for space and time with politicians. We have to wait for politicians to settle down on the sit of governance for them to give money.
“Football is beyond kicking the ball, it is actually a big process. Every year, for more than 20 years now, we just rush-in and rush-out of the season without taking time to reflect or improve on what we have done in course of the season.
“We intend to change and improve upon many things and already working hard to achieve more as because as we need to replenish the body,” he concluded.