The Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) has been indefinitely postponed, the League Management Company (LMC) of Nigeria announced on Monday.
Expected to resume action across the 36 states of Nigeria’s territory, the League which was on break due to the FIFA 2018 World Cup in Russia was meant to resume Wednesday, July 18.
In a letter signed by the Chief Operating Officer, Salihu Abubakar, he 20 clubs participating in the elite league were intimated on the decision of the LMC.
“Kindly be informed that the League Management Company (LMC) has reached a decision to postpone the resumption of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) indefinitely.
“The decision is based on the current adverse circumstances in the administration of football in the country as a result of which sponsors, partners and service providers have expressed strong concerns and are reviewing their involvement in the league
“There is therefore the need to engage them further in this regard in order to mitigate against any possible adverse outcome. Furthermore, organizing matches of the NPFL under the current circumstances might cause irreversible damage to the League brand”, the letter read.
Furthermore, the letter cited that a major partner with whom negotiation had been concluded and approved at the LMC’s last annual general meeting two months ago requested for the suspension of the execution of the contract due to the current cris rocking Football administration in the country.
Earlier, the LMC in a communique published on their website had rebuffed sacking orders from Chris Giwa’s faction of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).
There has been power tussle in the apex body of football administration in the country since the emergence of Amaju Pinnick from a ‘flawed election’ in which Giwa had won in Abuja prior to the former’s victory in Delta state.
Owing to recent comments made by the President of World football governing body, FIFA, Gianni Infantino, Nigeria is on the verge of a ban from every form of footballing activity and tournament.
Currently, Lobi Stars top the league table with 43 points from 24 matches, while Akwa United are two points behind.