LMC reaffirms 7 March date for League

The League Management Company have reaffirmed that the Nigeria Professional Football League will start on the 7th of March 2015.

With the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC on Saturday night announcing that General Elections in the country have been moved from February 14 to March 28, there were fears that the League would be affected.

However, a statement made available to Naijafootball247.com on Monday stated that the Nigeria Professional Football League season’s start off date has not changed.

The LMC also announced a registration deadline of February 20 for clubs to submit their licensing documents for the 2014/15 Glo Premier League season.

The documents include proof of no debts carried over, financial guarantee and medical passport of players.

Salihu Abubakar, the LMC’s Chief Operating Officer (COO) announced this and said the clubs have been put on notice that mid-week fixtures will hold to accommodate the socio-political developments in the country.

“As part of the registration process for the new season, Clubs are to mandatorily provide a quarterly Financial Performance Guarantee of N50m which is a condition for licensing to participate in the league. Clubs that are in a position to provide a one-off Performance Guarantee of N200m is also encouraged to do so,” Abubakar stated.

According to the LMC, clubs must provide the Financial Performance Guarantee on or before March 5.

Registration of players

The LMC further advised clubs to note that they are only required to affirm the retention of old players while filling out the registration form for only the new players.

“The LMC will register players for clubs only if there is satisfactory evidence of no indebtedness to the players carried over from last season. Clubs must therefore attach proof of meeting all financial obligations to their staff to be qualified to register new players”, Abubakar clarified.

The League Management Company also advised Clubs to ensure that every player to be registered must complete a medical check-up and the medical report should be filled out on the same old Medical Examination forms issued last season for players.

“Fresh medical certification must be provided for all players using same medical forms provided last season and these shall be attached to the registration materials being submitted by the clubs,” Abubakar noted.
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