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Nigerian Premier League kicks off January 14

Activities to kick-start the 2017/18 top-flight, which began with the on-going club licensing, will enter the next stage with the annual NPFL pre-season tournament from December 11-17 to usher in the grand season opening matches on January 14, 2018.

Sunday Faleye of 3SC and Michael Okoyoh of Sunshine. NPFL

The schedule of the new season’s activities, which has been endorsed by the League Management Company (LMC), will witness a flurry of activities including the induction and orientation workshop for the four newly admitted NPFL clubs on December 14 and the LMC Pre-Annual General Meeting (AGM)/Consultative Meeting with NPFL participating clubs on December 16 in Kano where the pre-season tournament will be held.

According to Salihu Abubakar, the LMC Chief Operating Officer, other activities scheduled for the month of December include “the draws for the new season, pre-season seminar and spot checking on clubs’ compliance to licensing regulations, payment of players and officials salaries, status of facilities, etc.”

The statement read, “January 5 is the cut-off date for compliance with redemption and settlement of any outstanding payment of salaries arising from 2016/2017 NPFL season to players and coaches and or provision of an acceptable Financial Guarantee to guarantee the overdue payments and a tentative payment plan from the club proprietors,” he said.

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