Feb 9, 2015 23:04:00
The League Management Company has fixed March 7, 2015 as the date for the commencement of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) for the 2014/2015 season. The LMC recently gave two options of January 21 and March 7 for the start of hostilities and circulars were sent to various clubs for them to choose the more preferred of both dates but the league body has opted for the latter with a fresh date for the start of the 2015 general elections being fingered as the brain behind the new development.
Owing to this, the LMC has announced a registration deadline of February 20 for clubs to submit their licensing documents for the new season or risks severe sanctions.
The documents expected to be submitted by the 20 clubs in the top flight include proof of no debts carried over, financial guarantee and medical passport of players.
The LMC Chief Operating Officer (COO) Salihu Abubakar announced this and said the clubs have been put on the alert that mid-week fixtures will hold to accommodate the socio-political developments in the country.
“As part of the registration process for the new season, Clubs are to mandatorily provide a quarterly Financial Performance Guarantee of N50m which is a condition for licensing to participate in the league. Clubs that are in a position to provide a one-off Performance Guarantee of N200m is also encouraged to do so”, Abubakar stated.
The league organizer further disclosed that clubs in the elite division must provide their Financial Performance Guarantee on or before March 5, if they are to be considered among the 20 to vie for points.
Kano Pillars are the defending champions of the league and they have emerged victorious since the last three seasons while Enyimba and Warri Wolves came second and third last season.