The Nigerian Premier League, NPL, is so broke that it cannot finance its own congress.This led the board of the NPL to, on Thursday afternoon, order its secretariat to write to the Nigeria Football Federation to ask for help to organise its congress.
Since the 2011/2012 football season ended in August, only Sunshine Stars of Akure have been active in footballing activities, particularly in the CAF Champions League. The League board had been expected to announce the date of the congress which will determine the commencement of the 2012/2013 season.
With the official SOS message to be sent to the football federation, the Federation is expected to support the league board which is broke, has no sponsor and has no financial capacity to organise a congress.
The dire financial situation of the NPL caused the league body to ask host clubs to pay the indemnity and entitlements of referees who officiated individual league matches towards the end of last season. The development was condemned by sports analysts and observers as one that would encourage corruption in the league.
The Nigerian Premier League has been without a sponsor for about two seasons.