The League Management Company, LMC has announced that the 2013/14 Glo Nigeria Premier League season originally meant to end this weekend Sunday November 9 with Match Day 38 games has been pushed forward by a week.
Making the declaration is the LMC boss Nduka Irabor who told PREMIUM TIMES that the shift was necessary in order to address some grey areas before winding down the season.
“The end of the National soccer league has been pushed forward by a week,” Mr. Irabor told this newspaper Thursday in Johannesburg shortly before he boarded a flight from Johannesburg to Lagos.
He said the postponement is to allow outstanding dispute arising from different petitions to be resolved, giving the fact that some of the resolutions of those petitions could have disciplinary implications.
“Some of the disputes are of the legal nature but others which have implication for officiating the league has to be resolved,” he said.
The 2013/14 Premier League in Nigeria has indeed had its fair share of ups and downs even though many posit that there were marked improvements compared to previous seasons.
It is on record that the season witnessed less cases of violence across the various centers spread over Nigeria and the sprinkle of cases where met with stiff punishments which accounted for teams like Bayelsa United being forced out of their original home ground to neutral venues and clubs hit with heavy fines.
Also, more away points were also recorded this term even though many argue that the referees can still do better in their officiating of matches particularly those not been televised.
Other highlights of the season also include the new goals record that has been set by Enyimba striker Mfon Udoh who has scored 21 goals so far, one more than the earlier record set by Jude Aneke three seasons ago.
However a major drawback noticed in the League is in the area of welfare of players as there were endless cases of players going on strike over unpaid monies.
The LMC were accused of paying lip service to the cause of the players which perhaps saw the League body stating that it would be adopting a no-pay no-play policy for next season.
“In apparent reaction to the spate of protests and threats of strike by players of some Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) Clubs, the League Management Company (LMC) has warned that clubs found to be in breach of financial obligations to players will not be registered for the 2014/15 Glo Premier League season” a recent statement on the LMC website read.