The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) have advised the League Management Company (LMC) to ensure they commence the 2018/2019 season not later than 13th January, 2019.
The federation made this known in a statement released by their Emergency Committee on Friday.
The NFF are reacting to letters received from Clubs that qualified for the Super 8 Tournament of the Nigeria National League that their teams are depleted and therefore, do not have enough players to prosecute the tournament as earlier scheduled, which would have enabled the NPFL to commence on 30th December 2018.
The three Clubs that showed up in Aba as directed would each receive N2,000,000 each as compensation, while the matter of the five that failed to show up would be referred to the relevant NFF committee to deal with.
The full statement: “Following the directive to the eight Clubs qualified for the Super 8 Tournament of the Nigeria National League to proceed to Aba for the tournament, we received letters from Clubs to the effect that they presently do not have enough players to prosecute the tournament. Apparently, most Clubs in the country’s Leagues sign a good number of their players for only one season. These personnel appear to have floated to other Clubs in search of greener pastures.
“In view of the above, and the contrite tone of their letters, the Emergency Committee has opted to allow the affected Clubs two (2) weeks to recruit players to beef up their playing personnel, after which they will then prosecute the Super 8. The NNL should therefore pick new dates not later than 3rd January for the tournament.
“In the meantime, the matter relating to the five (5) affected Clubs will be referred to the relevant NFF committee to deal with while the three (3) Clubs that showed up in Aba as directed will each be paid compensation of the sum of N2,000,000 (Two Million Naira Only).
“The League Management Company (LMC) is hereby advised to ensure the commence of the NPFL 2018/2019 Season, not later than 13th January 2019.”