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Football | Nigeria

NPL congress postponed



The seventh edition of the Nigeria Premier League (NPL) congress scheduled for Thursday in Kano has been postponed till next week, supersport.com can report

This follows the dissolution of the NPL board chaired by Victor Baribote by 18 Premier League club representatives that attended an emergency meeting at the early hours of Wednesday at the Dennis Hotel, Wuse II in Abuja.

Chairman of the six-man interim board committee, Mike Idoko told supersport.com in Abuja that they have the mandate to organise a congress on or before December 10, 2012.

“Kano still remains the venue for the congress and it will be next week Monday or Tuesday,” Idoko told supersport.com in Abuja.

Idoko, however, identified lack of transparency and accountability on the side of the Victor Baribote-led board as part of the ills that hindered the progress of the outgone 2011/2012 Premier League season.

“Last season was the worst organised football season in the history of the NPL as gross misappropriation of funds, lack of title sponsorship and clubs payment of match indemnities was what we saw,” Idoko said to supersport.com in Abuja.

Idoko stressed that the 18 premier League representatives who attended the meeting have agreed and requested the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to admit expelled club, Ocean Boys into the second-tier of the Nigerian football as he claimed that they were victims of a poorly managed league.

“We have requested that the NFF should admit Ocean Boys to the National League as they were scapegoats of the worst 2011/2012 NPL season under Baribote,” Idoko explained to supersport.com in Abuja.

The six-man interim committee includes Idoko (south-west), Alloy Chukwuemeka (north-central), Alhaji Sabo Babayaro (north-west), Tony Ogola (south-south), Alhaji Sule Chindo (north-east) and Oscar Keke (south-east).

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