Three cities are said to have expressed interest to host the Super Four of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) scheduled to hold at the close of the on-going season.
The Super Four wil also accommodate an all stakeholders’ talk shop and capacity building aimed at fostering greater consensus.
Salihu Abubakar, the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the League Management Company (LMC) declined to reveal the bidding cities but only said, “It is not Lagos, it is not Aba and it is not Kano”.
He then said that the Super Four has been re-packaged to bring greater excitement to fans and benefits to potential sponsors.
On the date for the tournament, Abubakar said it will hold one week after the close of the 2013 season. “The four top teams of the Glo Premier League will enjoy a week’s break at the end of the on-going season and return to a yet to be agreed venue for the Super Four”, disclosed the LMC official.
One of the innovations of the new Super Four, he further disclosed will be the use of electronic advertising boards on the perimeters.
“One of the new things on the plate for the Super Four will be the use of electronic perimeter advertising panels which will enhance the ambience at the venue and also deliver quality value to our sponsors”, explained Abubakar.
While pointing out that the Super Four is open to sponsorship, he added that such sponsors will be brands and businesses that are not in competition with the title sponsor of the League.
A highpoint of the activities during the Super Four is the All Stakeholders Meeting that will allow the LMC to meet with a wide spectrum of the League interest groups ranging from the Nigeria Football Federation, Club Owners, Club Media Officers, and Clubs’ Supporters.
Also listed for the meetings are Club Medical Officers, Match Commissioners, Match Referees and Sports Journalists.
“In some cases, we will be discussing with some stakeholders towards achieving clarity and building consensus for future operations of the League and at the same time developing capacity for enhanced service delivery by key operators of the League such as the Media, Club specialist officers, the Referees and the Match Commissioners”, he concluded