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Nigeria Football League Postponed Indefinitely Over Leadership Crises

Valentine Chinyem

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Following crises currently rocking the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) has been postponed indefinitely

This was disclosed in a letter signed by the Chief Operating Officer of the Management Company (LMC), Mr. Salihu Abubakar.

In the letter which was sent to the 20 top flight participating football clubs in the country, Abubakar explained that the suspension was necessary following the taking over of Chris Giwa as NFF chairman.

The letter read, “Kindly be informed that the League Management Company (LMC) has reached a decision to postpone the resumption of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) indefinitely.

“The decision is based on the current adverse circumstances in the administration of football in the country as a result of which sponsors, partners, and service providers have expressed strong concerns and are reviewing their involvement in the league.

“There is, therefore, the need to engage them further in this regard in order to mitigate against any possible adverse outcome. Furthermore, organizing matches of the NPFL under the current circumstances might cause irreversible damage to the League brand.”

It will be recalled that Amaju Pinnick the recongnised NFF President by FIFA was on assignment in Russia for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, when the Minister of Sport, Solomon Dalung, made the announcement that, Chris Giwa would take over the affairs at the Glass House, the NFF Headquarters in Abuja, as mandated by the Court.

However, uncertainty looms as the Nigeria league which went into recess after the 24th round of matches in June ahead of the World Cup, was scheduled to resume on Wednesday, 18 July.

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