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NPL kicks off October 23 with record 24 clubs

Posted: 29 September 2010 Time: 10:45

The Nigeria Premier League (NPL) will now commence on October 23 with a record 24 clubs including Bayelsa United, after a meeting between football officials and the Nigerian Sports ministry.

Bayelsa United, one of four relegated clubs at the end of last season, have consistently fought against their relegation, claiming they should have been awarded three vital points against Wikki Tourists in their final game of the season, when the match was abandoned by the home team.

Last weekend, the NPL announced that the season will kick off October 2, when the earlier date of September 25 was discarded by the NFF.

But even that new date was rendered unfeasible by a plethora of protests from various stakeholders led by Bayelsa United and including referees, and the players' union.

Bayelsa chairman Victor Rumson Baribote threatened to go to court to halt the League kickoff if his club were relegated, a threat that prompted the meeting with the sports ministry.

The current decision means that all four previously relegated clubs will now contest in the 2010/2011 season along with four newly-promoted clubs.

So Bayelsa United, Wikki Tourists, Gateway and Ranchers Bees will keep their places in the Premier League where they will be joined by promoted clubs Crown FC, Bukola Babes, JUTH and Plateau United.

This enlarged representation means the League will now have to draw up new fixtures, and sources at the NPL also told KickOffNigeria.com that the League is considering splitting the league into two streams of 12 teams each, with a playoff for the Top Four teams to decide the League winner.

Four clubs would then be relegated from each stream at the end of the season, with two promoted on both sides to return the competition to its normal 20 clubs at the end of the current season.

Previous comments on this story...

Anonymous
posted: 11:27 am
hmmmm.
Anonymous
posted: 11:49 am
Nigerians are the most inconsistent people in the world. See how administative ineptitude makes us a laughing stock in the commity of nations. See what bribe and favouritism can do to a league. God help us.
NWA NAIJA
posted: 12:12 pm
Wonders shall never end.
NWA NAIJA
posted: 12:19 pm
CAN SOMEONE EXPLAIN TO ME WHAT IS HAPPENING TO OUR DEAR COUNTRY, BECAUSE AM TOTALLY CONFUSED.
The word.
posted: 12:32 pm
this is show of shame.......i cant believe this. relegated teams admitted again to elite league. i want to ask one simple question. WHERE IN THE WORLD HAS THIS HAPPEN BEFORE?
Anonymous
posted: 02:12 pm
Sounds really strange!!
Mr. Mallam
posted: 04:08 pm
Who will dare to relegate bayelsa united at the stage,,the darling team of our dear president..GEJ..i love this country..
Mr. Mallam
posted: 04:08 pm
Who will dare to relegate bayelsa united at the stage,,the darling team of our dear president..GEJ..i love this country..
Akwaowo
posted: 04:28 pm
This just shows that Mr. President was right in barring us from international football until we sort ourselves out. For some time now, we have had teams score mindboggling amounts of goal on the last day of the league in order to stay afloat. Now other teams got wiser and resorted to bribing officials to conjure goals and points. a team that abandoned a match at home was not sanctioned, and the team on the pitch (Bayelsa Utd.) was to be demoted! What nonsense. This goes to show that we are not yet ready to develop our football. We should ban ourselves now before FIFA come in to do it for us!
Akwaowo
posted: 04:31 pm
@Mallam, you are make conjectures that are baseless. THough your line of thought may be appealing to conspiracy theorists, the facts are clear that a team playing at home walked out on a match against Bayelsa, and the away team, Bayelsa, should have been awarded 3 goals and 3 points according to the statutes. But because of corruption that was not done and then you believe Bayelsa should be the team to be punished for the no show? Come on ... be reasonable.
nigeria one
posted: 06:50 pm
This goes to show the inaptitude of the top officials of the NFL.Now let me ask those tribalist forumites among you:who head the nigeria football league,a northerner or southerner?shame to you!
nigeria one
posted: 06:51 pm
This goes to show the inaptitude of the top officials of the NFL.Now let me ask those tribalist forumites among you:who head the nigeria football league,a northerner or southerner?shame to you!
IKKALU
posted: 10:35 pm
JOEL CHUKWUMA OBI plays his first match in champions leauge, and ETO the best attacker in Africa is wonderful
IKKALU
posted: 12:13 am


Samuel Eto is the best in Africa a living Legend no body has even archive what he has archive, champions league 4 times, highest goal scorer in Spain i have lost count, African cup of nation 2 times, African footballer of the year 3 times, grates champions league goals that is big matcher goals, not scoring against wigan or small clubs, we know big players in big match, the only small club ETO played was real malloca, men even Abedi pele did not archive what ETO has archived, he passed roger miller too, brake many nation cup goal record, Kanu could not even score in AFCON all his appearance, i think Eto has a goal magic touch he do not even struggle for it like Drogber, he do not even exchange word with the referee like drogber the show man, he is very simple, i mean that guy has almost win every thing just world cup and world footballer of the year, also he has come close to 3 best player in the world mean ETO is the best in Africa only George Weah passed him but Weah gives him respect.
The word.
posted: 06:15 am
Eto'o is exceptional. what i love about him is simple and humble life style: no fancy crazy hair-do, no useless tattoo, no unnecessary scandal[for person of his status, unusual] his simplicity, just everything about him is perfect. he was more racially attacked [when he was in spain] more than most modern african players still compose himself [instead he walked out of the pitch].

ETO'O IS MY HERO!
Anonymous
posted: 07:00 am
@moneyman d answer to ur question is -NIGERIA
Anonymous
posted: 08:49 am
Nigeria z notorioz 4 bulshtz n thz isnt an xceptn. Am nt suprizd!..
Prince Davis
posted: 09:58 pm
waaoo does this site exist? am excited to be a member
Anonymous
posted: 10:07 am
Who even cares? No one watches the damn "league" anymore. In Port Harcourt, the clubs even pay their "fans" to watch their matches.
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