NFF puts NPL congress on hold

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Updated December 5, 2012

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) said it had put on hold the 7th congress of the Nigeria Premier League (NPL) following another development around domestic league administration.

On Tuesday, the NFF  issued the NPL with a go-ahead order for its congress proposed for Thursday, December the 6th, but a group of premier league club owners met in Abuja on Tuesday night and announced they had kicked out the NPL board.

A statement by the General Secretary, Musa Amadu stated that NFF is uncomfortable with the continued delay in the commencement of the 2012/2013 premier league season, which can only roll off the ground after the congress.

But it fears there could be a breakdown of law and order should the congress go ahead on December the 6th, 2012.

The NFF executive committee would hold an emergency meeting on Friday to conclusively resolve several issues around the league.

Baribote denies removal

Meanwhile another crisis appears looming in the domestic league as chairman of the NPL; Victor Baribote has said he is not aware his NPL board has been sacked by the 16 NPL club owners. He insisted that the club bosses are not working within the league statutes.

The clubs met Tuesday night in Abuja to dissolve the board of the Nigeria premier league led by Baribote and appointed a six-man interim committee to run the local league pending fresh elections to the board.

However, Baribote said Wednesday he is unaware of such a decision.

According to spokesman of the clubs fan, Ndubu Oke, the NPL congress, slated to hold on Thursday in Kano was illegal as none of the clubs were notified, three months prior to the congress as stipulated in the statutes.

The Heartland FC general manager also said they got their powers to dissolve the NPL board from Article 22 of the statutes after setting aside Articles 24, 25 and 26.