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One month off-season for Nigeria Premier League

Posted: 28 September 2011 Time: 14:30

Clubs in the Nigeria Premier league will get barely 20 days of rest before starting the new season. 

The situation will be even worse for clubs who will take part in the annual pre-season Top 4 competition, as they will only have one week of rest before plumping straight back into action.   A calendar for the remainder of the season released by the NPL shows that the season is expected to come to a conclusion on November 2, with a one-week break starting from November 3 and lasting till the 11th.   The Congress, to ratify the previous season's results, as well as the Super Four tournament, will hold from November 7 to 13th.   Registration of players for the new season takes place between October 24 and November 18, with the new season kicking off on November 26.   This calendar will leave the clubs with very little, if any time to recruit and integrate new players into their squads.   But even these dates are uncertain to be final, with Enyimba protesting the cramped scheduling which could see them playing 3 games in 7 days, potentially compromising their chances not only of finishing well in the league, but also of winning the CAF Champions League.   The Aba club have three outstanding games, and have been scheduled to play Kwara Unitd on October 5, Rangers four days later, and Kaduna United three days after that. 

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 05:58 pm
Confuse NFF who can't seems to fashion out a time table for our league. If it is to be in the best air craft and first class suit, they will know how to fashion that out. I repeat, until youth of Nigeria come to their senses and understand that changes only come by standing up for it, fighting for it and dying for it, NO change will ever come to any area of Nigeria system. These corrupt official will never go away by prayers, NEVER. Nigeria youth need to flush them by force.
posted: 11:18 pm
Observe the position of Kano Pillars in the log and you will see that the Mallo's Maigeri and his cohorts wants to dubiously make sure the Northern team win the League. The ratification of the results is to award dubious and wicked points to their Kano Pillar team while deducting from either Dolphins or Sunshine. Time will tell.
posted: 10:43 am
@coachee, that comment is unwarranted as you have no evidence. NFF has nothing to do with the allegation of match fixing on Sunshine. The clubs started it and it was not instigated by any NFF chief.

In as much as the north may be known for a lot of unsavoury events, we cannot rule out the fact that they like soccer the most. If the Fed Cup final had been held in Kano or Kaduna, the stadium would have been packed to the brim despite the fact that it was an oriental derby not involving any northern team. Let's give it to them occasionally and not overcriticize them.
posted: 01:17 pm
All these mess is due to the incompetency on the side of our football administrators, i could remember when they came up with super 4, where the league was divided into two and the 1st and 2nd from each of the group will play the super 4, this was because they wanted to meet up with the european football calender, but now what do we have? The europeans have already gone far with 2011/2012 season while we are yet to know when our own 2010/2011 season, WHY (1) we can't handle a 20 team league in nigeria because it involves lots of matches and we don't have good transport system for the team(they travel by road), even germany operates 18 team league (even though their team travel by air) (2) CAF should find away to move continental matches from weekend to midweek to avoid prosponing the local matches.
posted: 04:52 pm
I hail from a country that is faced with an enormous challenge from Economic, to security, infrastructural, corruption and negative perception/beliefs of the major citizenry. The gap between the few rich and the large poor is emphatically wide with about 90% of the whole population living below $1 a day. This is just a basic illustration of what happens is most African countries.
Sport and Entertainment is a veritable tool that can be used to bridge this gap. Sport here has a whole lot of potentials talents than the Entertainment Industry. We also have more than 80 Million football (Soccer) reputed to be the largest market in Sub-Sahara Africa. FIFA president, Mr Sepp Blater once said that Football is the number one employer of labour aside Agriculture which I quite agree with. I live in a country that has the highest population in Africa with more than 60% are young, vibrant people that has hope, aspiration and are full or real potentials.

No doubt we’ve got issues of Human capital development which is essential in Sport development, also infrastructure and more importantly corruption which is tearing us apart. What happens in my country is not different from happening s in virtually all countries in Africa. Though some countries like mine are making frantic effort to fix these issues, but I believe sport policies for Africa will need an African solution.

For instance, Soccer development in my country has not been Systemic (This also happens in 95% of other African countries). Yes, there are sport/soccer Academies for the kids, young ones, boot camps, and some of Africa finest are playing in good soccer leagues in the world, but there is no viable platforms and systems at which more talents can be discovered, nurtured and most importantly Matured here in Africa then showcased to the world at large.

Some Countries in Africa today (Including mine) has so many Soccer development policies, developed either by either foreign or local consortium, which has failed woefully on implementation.. The truth is that not all solutions are Solution and Africa needs to start looking inward to solve her problem, with the help of foreign partners and political will by the leaders.

Some very few of us Africans are divinely gifted with providing a right solution with good research and analytical work detailing the root problems, and providing the basics, simple, and cost effective way to fixing the identified problems. In some African countries, true Sport Development might not be achieved until the basis is fixed. With foreign collaborations. We can as well start pushing for these reforms which when achieved will benefit other Continents of the world and at that time, we would have collectively make the world a better place for all of us to live in peace.
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