Written by

Carl Orakwue

Newly
appointed Abia Warriors Coach, Emeka Ezeugo has thrown his support for an
abridged league season in the upcoming year.

There
have been indications that the League Management Company intend to push for an
abridged season following the World Cup in June next year and there are
thoughts that club owners and Managers might fight against the possibility of
that happening.
Ezeugo
says unless, Club owners can propose any better solution ahead of the World
Cup, an abridged season is the only solution.
“Every
league has got to end by May. There has to be an abridged league. It is the
only solution. The league should start sometime in January or early February
and by May it should be over,” Ezeugo said.
“That
means the World Cup takes precedence from June. And by the end of the July, we
can join the rest of the world in having the same calendar.”
Administrative
Officer of Sharks FC, Okey Kpaluku is however of the opinion that the decision
to abridge the upcoming Nigerian League season shouldn’t be an individual
decision but one involving the clubs who play in the League.
Kpaluku
says though it makes plenty of sense to have an abridged season, due process
should be followed before such a decision is made. The Sharks boss believes the
clubs as the principal players in the league should be part of any decision
making in that regards.
“The
situation actually calls for an abridged league because we don’t have much
time. But we are not going to take such decisions on an individual basis. We
have a normal way we take decisions as it affects the premiership,” Kpalikwu
said.
“The
LMC is managing the League and I feel if there is need to take such a decision
they have to call the clubs who are the main stake holders. They need to call
them (the clubs) for a meeting where such a decision would be taken.”
The
new season will be expected to end in May to allow for the preparation for the
2014 World Cup in Brazil. Organizers are expected to split the 20-team
championship into two groups with the top two clubs from each group clashing in
a round-robin playoff to determine the league champions.

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