The League Management Company has confirmed that five substitutions will be allowed in the 2020/21 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season, the sportsbay.com reports.
The Nigeria Football Federation earlier this month gave the go-ahead for the resumption of the country’s elite men’s football league from November 15, eight months after it was suspended due to COVID-19 outbreak in the country.
However, with fears that players might experience several injuries due to a long spell of inactivity, LMC boss, Shehu Dikko, in an exclusive chat with Punch, confirmed that five substitutions would be allowed in the incoming season.
“We will use five substitutions among other measures to mitigate against any potential hazards to the players,” Dikko said.
NPFL clubs are currently preparing for the league restart with several teams participating in different pre-season tournaments across the country.
The NFF has insisted that all clubs must adhere strictly to the COVID-19 guidelines as directed by the health ministry and the National Centre for Disease Control.
Meanwhile, the LMC and Next Digital Broadcasting Company Limited (Next Digital) have debunked any rift between the two bodies in a joint statement issued, asking that the public to discountenance pronouncements made by anyone.
The statement signed by Shehu Dikko for LMC and, Prince Malik Ado-Ibrahim for Next Digital read in part, “It has come to the attention of the League Management Company Limited and Next Digital Broadcasting Company Ltd ‘the Companies’ that, certain persons have taken it upon themselves to publish either by themselves or through others unauthorised, views and comments about the business and commercial relationship between LMC and Next Digital.