Thursday, February 28, 2013
NIGERIA PREMIER LEAGUE YET TO RECEIVE 200 MILLION NAIRA BAIL OUT FROM NIGERIA GOVERNMENT
There are doubts surround the start of the Nigeria Premier League on March 9 as it has yet to receive a 200 million Naira which is about $1.3 million government bail out.
The Charman of an interim committee to run the league, Nduka Irabor, announced earlier this month that they have been promised a grant by government to get the new season going as sponsorship wranglings have persisted despite assurances these have been resolved.
However, according to a top official, the league may not start on the day it should start as they have not gotten the grant from the government.
“We are yet to receive the grant government promised us to get the league off the ground and as a result we may not start the league on the day advertised.”
The league needs cash to pay for referees’ indemnities and other logistical considerations.
The 2011/2012 season ended in September, while the kick-off for the new season has been shifted severally.
Last season was played without a title sponsor and clubs were forced to foot the indemnities of the referees.
The complete fixtures for the new season have been compiled but without dates attached to the matches.
The interim committee proposed an abridged league because of the several postponements but the clubs kicked against it, demanding for a full season.
Source: MTN FOOTBALL.COM