The League Management Company (LMC) has fixed March 7, 2015 as the date for the commencement of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) for the 2014/2015 season.
Understandably, this comes at a time when other leagues, in Europe and other countries, are midway or nearing conclusion. It’s enough to hope, but the tautology with fingers crossed might be justified premised on antecedents of failure of the League to kick off on a first-fixed date.
With fears lingering, owing to the fact that some League sides as well as some newly promoted sides are yet to meet up with ‘all’ the laid out rules and set standards and with just a couple of days to the expected kick off date, it becomes worrisome in the midst of the ‘excitement’ mixed with ‘anticipation’ how the league will pan out.
With issues of camera-friendly stadia not fully resolved, health insurance and players’ wages, transfer dates and synchronization of the League with continental fixtures (for last season’s top finishers), the Nigerian League at some point is sure to commence even if there is an amendment made to the kickoff date.
And when this happens, it is the wish every football enthusiast and soccer-loving Nigerian that football will actually be played on the pitch and not in the boardroom or Civil law courts. We set our sights on March 7, hoping – with fingers crossed, that the league will truly start.