The
Nigeria Professional Football League resumes for match day 26 matches on Wednesday,
September 17, 2014 after a two week forced break.
The
League Management Company (LMC), the body that runs the league announced on Thursday
that that Glo Premier League fixtures will resume on Wednesday following the
return of members of the Nigeria Referees Association (NRA) that had withdrawn
their services in response to the uncertainties that trailed the Annual General
Assembly of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).
Fixtures
of the Glo Premier League were called off during the Weekend of August 30-31st
following the withdrawal of services by members of the NRA.
Salihu
Abubakar, the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the LMC on Wednesday said the
league resumption has been approved on the strength of the notice by the NRA
indicating their readiness to officiate in matches. He said a letter announcing
the resumption of services by Referees addressed to the NFF General Secretary
and signed by the NRA Secretary General, Prince Moroof Oyekunle Oluwa has been
received by the LMC.
“Consequent
of the NRA readiness to officiate in matches, all Match Day 26 fixtures will
hold on Wednesday, September 17 and Clubs of the Glo Premier League have been
notified accordingly. We seize this opportunity to thank all stakeholders,
especially our commercial partners and fans for their understanding,” stated
Abubakar.
He
said other Match Days have been rescheduled to accommodate the disruption and
promised that the dates and fixtures which have been published on the LMC
website (www.lmc-ng.org)
“The
disruption has made it inevitable that we re-jig the fixtures and dates which
will now entail a number of midweek fixtures to make up for the lost time and
enable us meet the Confederation of African Football (CAF) deadline for
submission of representative clubs for continental club competitions.” explained
the LMC officer.

League
fixtures across all divisions including the Federation Cup finals were put on
hold as members of the NFF Board squabbled over elections into the Executive
Board. It took FIFA’s intervention through an ultimatum that expired on
September 8 for normalcy to return.

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