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Published On: Mon, Feb 24th, 2014

LMC, club owners to meet in Abuja today over league kick-off date

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NPFL_2By Albert Akota

The Representatives of the 20 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) teams would meet with the League Management Company (LMC) to in Abuja, to discuss modalities for the kick-off of the 2013/2014 season.

Report said yesterday that letters to that effect were dispatched by Salihu Abubakar, the LMC’s Chief Operating Officer (COO) on Friday.

The representatives of the clubs are expected to arrive Abuja yesterday for the meeting.

The meeting of the major stakeholders was necessitated by the uncertainty surrounding the March 7 kick-off date of the new NPFL season.

Some state governments have refused to endorse the registration requirements of the LMC for clubs in the forthcoming season.

The Kaduna State Commissioner for Sports, Bashir Usman, in an interview with newsmen expressed the fear that his state government might find it difficult to approve such requirements for Kaduna United FC.

The requirements included the provision of a Financial Performance Guarantee (FPG) from an approved financial institution for the sum of N100 million, during the current season.

Others are: the provision of existing or new Salary Bank Account details opened for each player for the 2013/2014 season and an undertaking by the clubs to abide by LMC rules.

The clubs are also expected to deposit duly-signed copies of each player’s contract agreement forms, which must conform to the mandatory N150, 000 minimum wages, among other requirements.

The league had been postponed twice as major stakeholders battle to resolve contentious issues delaying some state governments from complying with the LMC’s registration requirements.

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