2022/2023 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) The season that was supposed to start on December 28 has been rescheduled.
The new date agreed by the Interim Management Committee (IMC) – the new guardians of the league, club owners and other interested parties – is January 8, 2023.
The new league season, however, will be a shortened version, rather than the usual 38-day format.
Chairman of IMC Gbenga Elegbeleye confirmed the new developments to Abuja based Sports News site, BSN.
He said: “The new season will be a shortened league format, and the IMC is not moving on that.
“The beginning of January 8 has been agreed by both sides.”
The 2021/2022 league season has been inactive since Rivers United won the title in July 2022.
Although the quartet of Rivers United, Plateau United, Kwara United and Remo Stars have featured in continental games since the NPFL went on indefinite hiatus, the other teams have been inactive of late.
There have been a couple of pre-season tournaments and games over the past few weeks as teams get ready to resume action after the long break.
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The Elegbeley-led IMC was formed to replace the league after the Minister of Youth and Sports disbanded the Sunday Dare League Management Company (LMC) following a series of meetings with relevant bodies.
The discussions are not only about starting the season, but about improving the league after years of stagnation.
Among the many problems plaguing the league are an inconsistent schedule, bad players, poor wellness and even fan violence that have plagued the league in recent years.
The draws and schedule for the new season will be announced on December 28 as agreed.
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