Reasons Why We Postponed NPFL Resumption Date – Club Owners Secretary Enakhena

The start of the 2023-24 Nigeria Professional Football League season has not been short of drama and criticisms following recent reports from the League’s Board on shifting the resumption date two weeks further from the initially proposed August 26th.

At the first consultative meeting with Club Owners on August 3rd, 2023, the Gbenga Elegbeleye-led board proposed two league formats for the 2023-24 Nigeria Professional Football League season, to the Club Owners and stakeholders present.

The options were the Abridged League consisting of two groups of 10 clubs apiece in an 18-MatchDay season or a linear marathon format of all 20 clubs playing home and away in a 38-MatchDay campaign, as the floor indicated their preferences.

The General Secretary of the NPFL Clubs Owners, Mr. Godwin Enakhena, who is also the Chairman of newly promoted NPFL team Sporting Lagos has stated that the decisions made at the time, alongside the streaming arrangements of Propel Africa, impacted the League’s resumption time.

“It is better to start later when well prepared than to start haphazardly,” Godwin said.

“The Club Owners were presented in Abuja with both options presented before us for running the new league season, and we all indicated our choices.

“Propel Sports Africa who are League partners also needed to secure enough bandwidth to host the League games on their streaming platforms, so, the stakeholders were all carried along in the overall decisions,” he added.

The NPFL Board also considered the clubs representing the league on the continent in the CAF Champions League qualifiers, such as Remo Stars and Enyimba FC, facing Ghanian champions Madeama and Lybia’s Al Ahly Benghazi respectively, from this weekend on the 20th and the next on the 26th of August.

The newly proposed resumption date for the League is reported to be the 9th of September, 2023, while the draws for the fixtures has been postponed from Thursday 17th of August to Thursday 24th of August, 2023, same day as the AGM which is scheduled for August 24.

Credit: BSNSports

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