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NPFL Season: CAF Fixtures And TMS Issues, Reason For Shift In Kick Off Date – Sources

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*Kick-off may now be Dec.13 or 20

Frankie Omokhua

Reasons for the inability of the League Management Company (LMC) to fulfill its promise of starting the Nigeria Professional Football league (NPFL) on December 6, as earlier announced has been made known.

Sports Arena can report that because of the CAF continental fixtures involving Nigerian representatives on the opening day of the season, a decision was reached by the league body not to go ahead with the December 6 date.

A source who is in the know of the workings of the league body said, “The League Management Company (LMC) was no doubt getting ready to see that the league’s kick off was handled without a hitch. But, unfortunately the issue of four Nigerian clubs playing their continental matches on the same weekend that the league was supposed to begin made it impossible to think of starting the season”.

“The clubs involvement also meant that four matches would have been postponed on the day of kick off”.

“I think that wouldn’t have been a good picture to paint about the Nigerian league in terms of corporate image”.

Also, the source stated that because a lot of clubs were unable to complete their licencing and registration for the new season was another reason which made it impossible for the league to kick off

“The truth is that a lot of clubs were not ready to start the new season because they were not able to meet the criteria of clubs licencing after the November 30 Transfer Monitoring System (TMS) deadline for the completion of the process was not adhered to by clubs”.

“Infact, the LMC was not ready to compromise any of the process”, the source explained.

Meanwhile, giving details on when the league will kick off subsequently, it revealed that the league body is looking forward to a possible date of December 13 or 20.

“The league is now being planned to kick off on December 13, all things being equal”. But, should there be any other delay, then the option of December 20 is also on the table to make up”.

“In short, all I can assure you is that the league will not escape not kicking off this year”, concluded the source.

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