One month off-season for NPL

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. 

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