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NPLF to get take-off grant

The Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) is expected to be handed a take-off grant by the country's government soon, supersport.com can report.

It is understood that the NPFL is working in conjunction with the National Sports Commission (NSC) in Nigeria, which also doubles as the sports ministry, to secure government subvention for the country's top flight.

The Nigerian finance ministry is also in the picture of helping the top flight out of its financial doldrums.

Nigeria's top flight has been mired in crisis including a number of court suits and financial hiccups which the League Management Committee (LMC) inherited.

But the LMC, saddled with running the NPFL and chaired by former Nigerian lawmaker, Nduka Irabor, is to get a developmental grant to help the top flight get underway.

"We still can't resolve the problem (of title sponsorship) and government is willing to help. We have a smart sports minister coupled with a finance minister who is willing to see how to assist the league since it employs a large number of youth through a developmental grant. Also, the president of the football federation is keen to see the league back in operation.

"This is the reason we didn't start the league until we were guaranteed that funds was coming from somewhere," said Irabor.

Last week, the LMC announced a name change for the country's top flight from the Nigeria Premier League (NPL) also known as the Nigeria Football League to the NPFL.

The 2012/13 season of the NPFL is now billed to kick off on March 9 after a number of postponement.


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