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The League Management Company (LMC) has announced the indefinite suspension of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).

“Kindly be informed that the League Management Company (LMC) has reached a decision to postpone the resumption of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) indefinitely”, the statement read.

The postponement of the League is as a result of the leadership crisis currently rocking the country’s football.

Chris Giwa, founder of a rival faction in the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF), armed with a court ruling from 2014 is now claiming to control the governing body of the Federation.

His assertion comes in despite serving a ban imposed by World Football Governing body FIFA, who recognized Amaju Pinnick as NFF president.

The LMC in a letter to all the 20 clubs signed by the Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Salihu Abubakar attributed the suspension of the league to the current circumstances facing the administration of the country’s football.

“The decision is based on the current adverse circumstances in the administration of football in the country as a result of which sponsors, partners and service providers have expressed strong concerns and are reviewing their involvement in the league”, the statement noted.

“There is therefore the need to engage them further in this regard in order to militate against any possible adverse outcome. Furthermore, organizing matches of the NPFL under the current circumstances might cause irreversible damage to the League brand”, the statement added.

Initially, the League was scheduled to resume from the World Cup break on 18 July 2018 but following the issues in the Nigerian football the League has been postponed.

The letter further explained to the clubs that, a major partner with whom negotiation had been concluded and approved at the last annual general meeting of the LMC in Port Harcourt on May 28, 2018 has requested for the suspension of the execution of the contract as a result of the on-going challenges in National Football administration.

The Club Owners earlier yesterday 17 July 2018 announced the indefinite suspension of the league as a result of unresolved issues in the Nigerian football.


Story by: Beatrice Ehwieda/