Daily Trust (Abuja)

29 November 2012

Nigeria: 2012/2013 Season - NFF to Meet NPL On Thursday

The uncertainty concerning the commencement of the 2012/2013 Nigeria Premier League (NPL) season may be resolved soon as Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has scheduled a meeting for Thursday with the League board.

This was part of the resolutions reached at the end of a meeting of the NFF Executive committee held at the 'Glass House' in Abuja on Wednesday.

While reading the communique, the Chairman of Communique drafting Committee, Chief Emeka Inyama said "Committee resolved to invite Board Members of the Nigeria Premier League to a meeting at the NFF Secretariat on Thursday, 29th November 2012."

He added that the meeting was scheduled "to deliberate on all outstanding issues around the NPL, with a view to facilitating the holding of the NPL Congress and the commencement of the 2012/2013 League Season within the shortest possible time."

Chief Inyama claimed there were no crises within the NPL Board as widely believed, stressing that as a supervising entity over the NPL, it was not out of order for the NFF to call for a meeting to discuss pressing issues.

The date for the commencement of the 2012/2013 league season is presently unknown as the NPL chairman, Ransom Baribote is presently being investigated for financial mismanagement by the NFF even as the League is still working towards getting sponsors.

Besides, home-based Super Eagles might risk making the National team to the African Cup Nations in January as they have been idle since the end of last season and are most likely to be match-rusty.

Standing committees to go

One of the major resolutions reached at the meeting was the decision to dissolve all standing committees of the NFF which has stayed beyond two years.

"The Executive Committee approved the re-constitution of NFF standing committees two years after their inauguration", said Inyama.

Inyama said the move was in line with the laws of the Federation.

However, the NFF executive board refused to state precisely, when they will be re-constituted.

Committees to be affected includes the Technical Committee and Disciplinary Committee.

Funding the Eagles

Also, NFF Executive board has set up an ad-hoc committee to source for funds for the preparation and participation of the Super Eagles at the Africa Cup of Nations schedule for next year.

"The Committee set up an ad-hoc committee to organise fund-raising dinners for the sole purpose of the Senior National Team, Super Eagles' participation at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations finals to be hosted by South Africa.

"Funds raised at these dinners will complement the expected grant from the Federal Government for the prosecution of the Super Eagles' campaign", Inyama revealed.

1st Vice President, Chief Mike Umeh is Chairman of the committee.

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