The
top four clubsides in Nigeria will go against each other in a round robin
pre-season tournament that starts in Abuja in two weeks.
Kano
Pillars, Enyimba, Warri Wolves and Dolphins who all play on the continent this
year will also face the Nigeria U23 team preparing for the All Africa and
Olympic Games qualifiers and the U20 side preparing for the Africa Youth
Championships.
The
tournament this year will hold at the Abuja National Stadium from January
22-February 2.

The League Management Company (LMC) announced the dates and said the invitation
was at the instance of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) as part of the
Federation’s evolving plans to adequately prepare the teams for the continental
championships commencing from February this year.
The
pre-season tournament, an annual fixture in the calendar of the LMC will
feature the top three clubs on the log of the 2013/14 season plus the
Federation Cup runners up and will serve as tune-up for the clubs to test their
newly signed players and also perfect their competitive game plans for
continental club championships due to commence in February.
The
four clubs are league winners, Kano Pillars, Enyimba International, Warri
Wolves and Dolphins FC, runners-up to Enyimba in the Federation Cup.
The
tournament will be played on a round robin structure with each team playing
five matches over five match days within a ten-day period. Accordingly, three
matches will be played on each match day. All the matches of the Glo Premier
League Super 4 will enjoy live coverage from the LMC Broadcast partners,
SuperSport.
“Though
this is our usual pre-season activity, it is happening this time with a marked
difference in that we would be having the national teams, the U23s and the U20s
joining the traditional four clubs representing Nigeria in all CAF Club
competitions to participate in the tournament with the sole objective to ensure
that the six participating teams prepared adequately for their continental engagements
starting next month,” explained the LMC chief Operating Officer, Salihu
Abubakar.
He
also disclosed that the pre-season activities will also include capacity
building workshops for club captains, coaches, medical officers, club media
officers, Managers and Match Commissioners.
“One
of the topical issues of the league presently is the funding of clubs in the
reality of dwindling government revenue earnings at all levels and there is a
great opportunity to educate the Club Managers/Owners on alternative sources of
funding especially the revenue funding opportunities available through
Community Ownership of clubs,”  Abubakar
further explained.

Enyimba
International won last season’s tournament that also featured Kano Pillars,
Bayelsa United and Warri Wolves.

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