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Published On: Tue, Apr 28th, 2020

LMC, Club Owners In Limbo, Await CAF, FIFA on Leagues Resumption, Plans

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An online meeting held between the League Management Company and the club owners in the country on Thursday ended with no definite solution or resolution on when and how the 2019/2020 Nigeria Professional Football Leagues, NPFL and other leagues in the country could be concluded, can report
NPFL Clubs Thursday evening met through digital video conferencing with the leadership of the LMC during which varying options to concluding the suspended 2019/20 season were deliberated on.
The meeting came on the heels of the LMC Board of Directors meeting that held earlier in the day via same digital media.
All the clubs offered a commitment to be part of any decision reached to conclude the NPFL season whenever federal authorities advises for the opening of the country for business and other engagements including resumption of sporting activities.
“It was unanimously agreed that we would continue to liaise with the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and the Sports Ministry on the possibilities that would work for us and taking into consideration decisions that may be reached by CAF and FIFA with regards to international tournaments, calendar and regulations etc. So, any option and or format that may be chosen will also consider the available time frame within this framework”, Dikko explained.
The meeting also agreed that should there be any exceptional support to NPFL , the privately funded clubs in the NPFL will get priority attention in the distribution.
The clubs also affirmed their commitment to paying salaries and wages of their players and officials during the period and have no intention of cutting down salaries and wages of players under the current circumstances but are even thinking of how to keep supporting their players within this difficult period in line with the objectives of their various owners.
Also on the clubs personnel , it was also resolved that whenever the league would resume, all the players, coaches and backroom staff are to be tested for COVID 19 among other strategies to be adopted to guarantee the well-being and health of everyone involved with the NPFL. In this regard the LMC will liaise with the Minister of Sports to facilitate this objective.
The LMC was encouraged to continue liaising with Sponsors and potential sponsors towards expanding the leagues revenue as envisaged.
The meeting agreed to keep motoring the situation as it unfolds as regards COVID 19 and to keep the conversation open accordingly.

Bundesliga To Restart May 9

After two months of no football in the major leagues across the world occasioned by the ravaging coronavirus pandemic, the Bundesliga has confirmed that games will return on May 9, pending government approval, can confirm.
Games across the German top division have been postponed since March 11 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
But now league authorities have revealed that matches will continue from May 9 but that they must get an agreement from the government first.
DFL CEO Christian Seifert said in a press conference: “Bundesliga would be ready to start playing on the 9th of May. BUT the DFL does not take the decision. They are completely trusting the government to decide when it is possible.”

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