The newly constituted board of the Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL) have scheduled a meeting with all representatives of the twenty (20) participating clubs of the top division this week, www.aclsports.com reports.
The meeting scheduled for the Sandralia hotel in Abuja will be the very first consultative meeting of the club Chairmen/General Managers of the twenty clubs already qualified to play in the 2023/2024 NPFL season.
Whilst the agenda for the meeting was not stated in the invitation letter signed by Davidson Owumi, the Chief Operating Officer of the NPFL, the board members and club Chieftains are likely to hold discussions on matters surrounding the 2023/24 season which has tentatively been set to commence on August 26th or 27th, 2023.
The meeting will also avail the new board the opportunity to share their vision and strategy to build on the momentum gained from the last season which the new Chairman, Hon. Gbenga Elegbeleye headed as an interim team.
“The board under my watch will build on the gains achieved last season especially now that we have the backing to operate as a properly constituted board”, Elegbeleye pledged.
The NPFL is returning this season with live streaming of over 300 games which can be accessed through mobile devices in Nigeria and across the globe as part of the league’s groundbreaking partnership with Propel Africa Sports company.
One of the expected major point of discussion is the format for the league season. With the last season decided on an abridged format, there are strong indications that clubs will vote in favour of a marathon, 38-week league season next term.
NFF President Ibrahim Musa Gusau has been quoted as preferring the Abridged format to continue but that insinuation was quickly dispelled by Club Owners Association Chairman Okechukwu Kpalukwu.
Thursday’s meeting is also expected to avail the NPFL board the opportunity to welcome the newly promoted clubs from the second tier Nigerian National League (NNL); Sporting Lagos, Kano Pillars, Katsina United and Heartland.