LMC Moves League Kick-Off To 7 March

The League Management Company, LMC, which met in Abuja to appraise reports from Stadium inspection teams, says the 2013/14 Glo Premier League will now kick off on 7 March.
The LMC says some of the clubs are grappling with peculiar constraints including access to funding and validation of registration documentation, but the LMC Chairman, Hon. Nduka Irabor said: “We have agreed to accommodate this popular request to extend the registration process period to enable the clubs tidy up their documents for certification”.
Irabor said the LMC has thus resolved on a two weeks delay for the kick-off following representations from clubs which cited their peculiar nature of fund release by government, their principal sponsors and the observations made by LMC Stadium inspection teams.
“We have considered reports of the stadium facilities inspection teams and the need to allow the clubs two weeks period to correct observed deficiencies in their facilities, hence the League earlier scheduled to start on February 21-23 will now start on the weekend of 7 March through to 10 March.
“There will be no further extension after this period and the League will start with only the clubs that meet the minimum requirements”, declared the LMC Chairman.
He said the LMC will however not certify any club that fails to comply with the recommended upgrades of the LMC Inspection team within the extension period granted.
“Consistent with our assertion that the reform policies are not punitive but standard minimum conditions, the LMC is inclined to accept the appeal to allow the clubs carry out necessary, mandatory and prescribed adjustments in their facilities with the overall objective to have our games played in people-friendly environments”, Irabor clarified.
The LMC is insisting on some minimum facility requirements at grounds proposed by clubs to host league matches, and some of these include properly furnished changing rooms, good egress and exit, safety equipments such as fire extinguishers, availability of water and electricity, properly constructed technical bench and good playing surface amongst others.


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