By Amaechi Agbo
The Chairman of the League Management Company of Nigeria, LMC, Malam Shehu Dikko has said that the kick-off date for the 2017/18 Nigeria Professional Football League, NPFL on 12 November 2017 may not be feasible.
The LMC boss disclosed this on Mobday in Kano at the opening ceremony of this year’s Kano state Tofa premier league where he stated that the 2017/2018 NPFL season will kick start after due consultations with the Club Chairmen.
Mr Dikko emphasised that the new season will start early and ends before the Russia 2018 World Cup.
On mid week and weekend matches as witnessed during the 2016/2017 season, Dikko said “that will be sorted out with the club chairmen before the start of the season and CAF has given order to all continent football federations to align their league calendars with that of the European leagues which usually starts by August and ends by May.”
He declared that, the new season must finish before the World Cup.
On fans violence in match venues, the league boss said “LMC will sit and have a round table discussion with the leadership of all the 20 NPFL clubs to fish out ways on how to assuage such bad behaviours and to go back and inform those fans that football is not a do or die affairs.”
Mr Dikko also commended the government of Kano state, former NFF Chairman, Alhaji Ibrahim Galadima, Kano state FA chairman, Sharu Inuwa Rabiu Ahlan and the sponsor of Kano state Tofa premier league, Alhaji Isiyaku Umar, Dan Adalan Kano for organizing such a huge competition.