The League Management Company (LMC) has announced that the implementation of the Club Licensing Regulation as directed by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) is part of several reasons set to delay the confirmation of “a definitive” date for the 2013/14 Glo Premier League season.
Any club in the member federations who fails to meet the December 31, 2013, compliance deadline will not feature in any of CAF competitions.
A new kick-off date is therefore being worked out by the league body according to its Chairman, Nduka Irabor, and will be announced by Wednesday, October 30. The period in between will be used to sort out the CAF Club Licensing criteria.
“In order to meet the CAF deadline and ensure that our clubs participate in the 2014 CAF club competitions, we have had to set in motion the process for the implementation of the mandatory Club Licensing and this process will start on Wednesday in Abuja with a consultative meeting of the LMC and the Clubs.”
“While we work at re-jigging the schedules for the next season to finish before the World Cup, we will also look at options that will at least ensure that our calendar is in sync with the global football leagues’ calendar”, stated Irabor.
The League calendar was distorted by disruptions in the 2011/12 season which culminated in the delayed kick-off of the 2012/13 season and to normalize the calendar, the LMC had to run a very tasking schedule that ensured that the season was concluded only last Sunday, October 20.
“The LMC recognizes the challenges the tight fixtures we ran in the just ended season imposed on the clubs but we must also admit that it was mitigated by the unfortunate early exit of our clubs from continental championships hence we didn’t suffer backlog of games when the season was to end. This time, we may not have that luxury of time especially if our clubs do well and given the various national engagements such as CAF Nations Cup Championship beginning Next January 11 which will be dominated by players from premier league clubs”, advanced the LMC Chairman.
The LMC also announced that all pre-season activities, including the Super Four- a prestigious round-robin tournament for the top four Glo Premier League club- and a planned medical and ethic orientation for club managers will be implemented in full.
“We want to make sure that our sponsors and potential sponsors are availed of the opportunities to tap into the business framework presented by these activities and the coming season”, Irabor noted.
He said the LMC has taken cognizance of the participation of two clubs from the Glo Premier League in the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Super Cup holding in Warri, Delta State on November 27 and the need to allow LMC directors participate fully in its first involvement in the Annual General Assembly of the Nigeria Football Federation which will be heralded by the Super Cup between Enyimba International and Kano Pillars.