League season was supposed to start in February
The League Management Committee headed by Nduka Irabor has announced fresh dates for the start of the season 2013/14 Glo Nigeria Premier League season.
The season which was scheduled to kick off on February 21 in Akure between Sunshine Stars and Enyimba FC, has been postponed to March 7, the LMC said on Friday.
The major reason adduced by the LMC for the additional two weeks before the season commences was that the clubs were not ready.
Mr. Irabor said the decision was reached following representations from clubs, which cited the peculiar nature of funds released 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 a two-week 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 March 7 through to March 10. There will be no further extension after this period and the League will start with only Clubs that meet the minimum requirements”, declared the LMC Chairman.
Having shifted grounds to allow more time for the clubs to tie their lose ends , the LMC boss affirmed that any club that failed to comply with the recommended upgrades of the LMC Inspection team would not be certified.
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 equipment such as fire extinguishers, availability of water and electricity power, properly constructed technical bench and good playing surface amongst others.
The league has been on break for close to four months since the conclusion of the 2012/13 season in October, where Kano Pillars finished tops.