While the current management board of the Nigeria Premier League has put on hold the last two games of the season, the Weeks 37 and 38 matches, in order to clear all outstanding games, it has said it hopes to finish the season before the month runs out.
Last season, the NPL entered the record books as the longest running league, lasting over 11 months, and the current board says it does not want such tag on it again.
Chairman of the league board, Victor Baribote, explained that the decision to put on hold the last set of fixtures became necessary to provide a level playing pitch for all the clubs in the two remaining matches so as to ensure that a credible champion emerges at the end of the current league season.
“It has become necessary for us to put on hold the two remaining fixtures so as to clear all outstanding matches and to allow the Disciplinary Committee resolve all the matters before it,” Mr. Baribote said. “We do not want to give undue advantage to any club at this crucial stage of the current league season. That is why we want all the clubs to be on equal pedestal before the last two fixtures are played.
The premier league boss explained that their decision to suspend the fixtures was “to provide a level playing pitch for all the clubs in the last two fixtures so as to have a credible champion at the end of the season.”
“However, we will do everything possible to ensure that the current league season ends before the end of this month (August) so that all things being equal, the new season will kick off by first or second week in October,” the NPL boss further explained.
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Baribote reiterated that the last two fixtures (Weeks 37 and 38) would be played simultaneously to guard against any form of compromise. He also reminded all the clubs and match officials to play by the rules, or face stiff sanctions if found culpable.
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