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‘Why 2023-2024 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season Was Postponed’

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‘Why 2023-2024 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season Was Postponed’

The 2023-2024 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season which supposed to kick off tomorrow, August 27, has been postponed.

The new season has been moved from August 27 to September 9 for commercial purposes according to the General Secretary of the NPFL club owners, Godwin Enakhena.

Initially, the speculation was that the 20 clubs who are qualified to participate in the 2023-2024 NPFL season requested for the two-week postponement of the season.

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However, Enakhena who is in charge of the Lagos-based club, Sporting Lagos, said the NPFL board communicated the new date to the association, not the other way around.


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According to a statement from the NPFL board under the leadership of Gbenga Elegbeleye, the two-week postponement was necessitated by commercial reasons.

 

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The statement revealed that the kick-off of the league had to be postponed to give room for the installation, testing, and training of personnel that would operate the newly acquired AI cameras, which would be used to stream the league on a digital platform in the coming 2023-2024 NPFL season.

The draw of the season was earlier scheduled to take place later today, August 25, but that has been moved to Tuesday, August 29.

Meanwhile, the new Kano Pillars manager Abdul Maikaba is happy over the two-week postponement, describing it as a blessing to his team who are just returning to the NPFL a season after they were relegated to the second division.

He said, “I think it’s a blessing in disguise for me personally because it gives me ample opportunity to work with my team more because we have a tough task ahead of us primarily to stay up and see if we can finish in the top half of the league.

“If the postponement will give the LMC enough time to put things in place for the growth of the league, I’m in support of it.”