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Nigerian League Resumes on FIFA Founder’s Day



The League Management Company (LMC), organizers of the Nigerian premier league have picked May 21 as the resumption date for the second round matches of the competition. This is a shift from the earlier scheduled date of May 7.
Symbolically, FIFA, the supranational governing body of football was founded on May 21, 1904. The body will therefore clock 113 years on the day the second stanza of the Nigerian league opens.
Salihu Abubakar, the Chief Operating Officer of the LMC in a notice to clubs communicating the new date, explained that it was to allow Rangers International and Rivers United complete their rescheduled fixtures.
“We also have deemed it right to accommodate the State Federations Cup finals which obviously will feature some of the NPFL Clubs”, Abubakar added.

Following their drop from the CAF Champions League to the CAF Confederation Cup, Rangers and Rivers United had a number of fixtures rescheduled by the LMC and the dates have dragged beyond the midseason break.
“We didn’t think it would be appropriate for the clubs to carry over their first stanza fixtures into the second round”, the LMC official noted.
Rivers United will on Wednesday, May 3 host Remo Stars while Rangers play in Enugu against Plateau United in some of the rescheduled games.

Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and the country’s most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022.

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