The chairman of the League Management Company (LMC) Shehu Dikko has revealed the body’s plans to start the 2016/2017 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season on December 18 and end July 9.The league boss stated this when he was a guest on a popular social media group, Nigeria Support platform.
The second vice-chairman of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) stressed that the decision to commence the league in December is to enable the body to achieve a lot of objectives.
Dikko also noted that the early league kick off will help the clubs going to CAF competitions play at least 13 matches before the commencement of the tournament in February 2017.
“As for next season’s commencement, our target now is to start December 18 and end July 9 while our Super 4 should start December 5-11. We also envisage starting 2018 season by the end of August 2017. All clubs already have the schedule and planning. We have already sent out a draft schedule to our clubs as we normally do and once we have our AGM we take off,” Dikko said through the platform.
He added: “Also to align our calendar to Europe by end of 2017 season, which would be hugely beneficial for us both in terms of organisation, planning, and even finances. Get out clubs going to CAF competitions to play at least 13 to 15 games before the start of CAF (tournament) in February 2017. All clubs are back and planning for next season so I believe we are on track. This is something we discussed since the last AGM in February before the 2016 season started.”