The League Management Company, LMC, says it has not fixed a specific date for the commencement of the 2013/14 Glo Premier League season.
The body plans to see through the implementation of the Club Licensing Regulation as directed by the Confederation of African Football Clubs in member federations that fail to meet the 31 December, 2013 compliance deadline will not be allowed to play in any of the lucrative and prestigious continental competitions.
Chairman of LMC, Hon. Nduka Irabor said a definitive date for the new season kick-off will be announced on Wednesday, 30 October, explaining that the intervening period will be used to “address the more urgent task” of meeting CAF Club Licensing criteria.
“In order to meet the CAF deadline and ensure that our clubs participate in the 2014 CAF club competitions, we have had to set in motion the process for the implementation of the mandatory Club Licensing, and this process will start on Wednesday in Abuja with a consultative meeting of the LMC and the Clubs.
“While we work at re-jigging the schedules for the next season to finish before the World Cup, we will also look at options that will at least ensure that our calendar is in sync with the global football leagues’ calendar”, stated Irabor.
The League calendar was distorted by disruptions in the 2011/12 season which culminated in the delayed kick-off of the 2012/13 season and to normalize the calendar, the LMC had to run a very tasking schedule that ensured that the season was concluded only last Sunday, 20 October.
“The LMC recognizes the challenges the tight fixtures we ran in the just ended season imposed on the clubs, but we must also admit that it was mitigated by the unfortunate early exit of our clubs from continental championships hence we didn’t suffer backlog of games when the season was to end.
“This time, we may not have that luxury of time especially if our clubs do well and given the various national engagements such as CAF Nations Cup Championship beginning on11 January, 2014, which will be dominated by players from Premier League clubs”, advanced the LMC Chairman.
The LMC disclosed that all pre-season activities, including the prestigious round robin tournament for the top four Glo Premier League club, Super 4 and a planned medical and ethics orientation for club managers will be implemented in full.
“We want to make sure that our sponsors and potential sponsors are availed of the opportunities to tap into the business framework presented by these activities and the coming season”, Irabor noted.
He further said the LMC has taken cognizance of the participation of two clubs from the Glo Premier League in the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, Super Cup holding in Warri, Delta State on 27 November and the need to allow LMC directors participate fully in its first involvement in the Annual General Assembly of the Nigeria Football Federation, which will be heralded by the Super Cup between Enyimba International and Kano Pillars.