1st April, 2011
The wish of Nigerian players, club officials and referees, who want to take active part in the National Assembly elections slated for tomorrow across the country, has been granted by the Nigeria Premier League, NPL.
Reports from the NPL say the body has suspended the kick-off of the second stanza of the league earlier slated to commence on Wednesday, 6 April. Action is expected to resume in the nationâ€™s Premier League Wednesday, 20 April 2011 after the elections have been concluded.
NPL, in a statement maintained that: â€œthe change was made in order to allow club officials, players, supporting staff of clubs and match officials perform their civic responsibility during the April 2011 general elections.â€
Players plying their trade in the domestic league had expressed fears that the second stanza of the 2010/2011 league season, earlier slated to begin with mid-week matches next week would deny them the opportunity to vote for leaders of their choice.
But the NPL made a swift adjustment in its programme to ensure that all the 20 clubs in the Premier League, National Pro-League, except the teams featuring in continental competitions, release their players in good time to reach their various local governments for the elections.
The postponed matches include the encounter between Niger Tornadoes of Minna and Kwara United; Plateau United to take on Lobi Stars of Makurdi, while Gombe United andÂ Crown Football Club will tango.
Also, Sharks Football Club will host Heartland of Owerri when the league resumes, while Shooting Stars, 3SC, and Ocean Boys will clash. Rangers International will slug it out with JUTH of Jos, Kano Pillars have a date with Zamfara United while league leaders, Dolphins of Port Harcourt will visit Enyimba of Aba.
The last two fixtures would see Bukola Babes taking on Sunshine Stars, while Warri Wolves will host Kaduna United in Warri.