NPFL: No going back on abridged league format - IMC Chairman tells clubowners
Chairman of the Interim Management Committee of the NPFL, Honorable Gbenga Elegbeleye has restated the league body's commitment to the abridged league format that had been agreed upon, and that the kickoff date remains January 8.
Elegbeleye made this known in a chat with BSNSports, noting that the new date was agreed upon by the two parties.
The kickoff date which was initially fixed for December 28 had to be moved by 10 days, at the instant of the Club Representatives who claimed the December date was not realistic in face of the paucity of funds being experienced by most clubs, but the draw for the new season will still hold on December 28.
"The new season will be an abridged league format, and the IMC is not shifting ground on it."
"The January 8th kickoff has been agreed on by both parties." Elegbeleye clearly stated.
Elegbeleye further revealed that the league body would be assisting the clubs with financial support going into the new season,
“In one of our forums with football league stakeholders on the way forward for the Nigeria league, it was pointed out that clubs need some kind of cash to help fund their logistics."
“Certainly, the IMC will give the club's start-up support but I cannot be exact with the figure, as this will be determined by our sponsors."
Elegbeleye also debunked all the reports that the clubs will get around N200m, as such were mere speculations adding that the clubs will get a takeoff grant.
Elegbeleye wondered if the clubs who are agitating for takeoff grants have been getting much in the last six years.