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Preparations for 2022/23 NPFL season in top gear, says IMC

The newly inaugurated Interim Management Committee (IMC) has said the 2022/23 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) will kick-off in no distant future. This was contained…

The newly inaugurated Interim Management Committee (IMC) has said the 2022/23 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) will kick-off in no distant future.

This was contained in a circular where the IMC gave the clubs a November 7 deadline to fully submit for Club Licensing assessment ahead of the start of the season.

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In one of two separate memos to the clubs, Davidson Owumi, the Head of Operations of the Interim Management Committee drew the Clubs’ attention to Rule B9.32 of the Framework and Rules which prohibits them from entering into loan agreements with amateur league clubs and Academies.

“Following the formal inauguration of the Interim Management Committee by the Nigeria Football Federation, we wish to assure all NPFL clubs that preparations for the commencement of the 2022/2023 season are in top gear.

“You are therefore advised to accelerate your preparation for the new season, especially as it concerns the Club Licensing process. Note that Club Licensing is a prerequisite for participation in the Nigeria Professional Football League, and failure to complete the process before November 7, 2022 may lead to your club being foreclosed”, the memo noted.

In the other memo titled, Capital Flight and Loan Agreements with Amateur Clubs, NPFL Clubs were directed to refrain from the “unlawful practice of taking players on loan from Amateur Clubs and Football Academies as this is contrary to the provisions of the extant rules of the game.”

Owumi, in the memo noted that the directive has become necessary to reset operations of NPFL in line with the mandate of the IMC.