Vanguard (Lagos)

Nigeria: NPL 2012 Congress to Hold in Kano

Nigeria Premier League (NPL) has announced Thursday, December 6, 2012, as the date for its 2012 Annual Congress.

The new date follows the clean bill of health given to the league board by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) after Thursday's joint meeting by both bodies where the NPL board satisfactorily responded to the issues raised by the NFF on the Nigeria Premier League.

According to the Chairman, Media Sub Committee of the NPL, Joe Amene, the 2012 Annual Congress and Draws for the 2012/2013 league season will hold at the Tahir Hotel in Kano. Delegates are expected to arrive on Wednesday, December 5, 2012 while the Congress and Draws will hold on Thursday, December 6, 2012. Departure date is Friday, December 7, 2012.

Amene further explained that the kick-off date for the new season will be decided and announced at the Congress in Kano.

While the NPL management board expressed deep appreciation to the NFF for what it described as its fatherly role towards moving the Nigerian League forward, it also thanked all other stakeholders for their understanding and continued support to the board in its effort to take the league to greater heights.

Meanwhile, a top official informed on Friday: "We will propose that the league begins on December 21 with the star match, while other games are played the following day."

The NPL congress will take place in Kano on Thursday after the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) gave them a go-ahead in that respect.

The congress is expected to deliberate on several vexed issues concerning the league, from title sponsorship to the TV rights of the competition.

The fixtures for the new season are also expected to be announced during the congress.

Four teams have been promoted from the lower Nigeria National League (NNL), namely Nembe City, Bayelsa United, Nasarawa United and El Kanemi Warriors.

Four other teams lost their places in the top flight. They are Jigawa Golden Stars, Niger Tornadoes and Rsing Stars, while Ocean Boys were expelled from the league for not honouring a minimum number of matches.

Kano Pillars are the defending champions and along with runners-up Enugu rangers will represent Nigeria in next year's CAF Champions League.

Lobi Stars, who finished third on the NPL table, will also feature in the 2013 CAF Confederation Cup.

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