Nigerian league returns

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Following a COVID-19 enforced ban on all football-related activities by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) after Match Day 25, the League Management Company (LMC) has finally announced the commencement date for the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) 2020/21 season.

The date will be the 27th of December 2020.

The commencement date was agreed on after consultations with the NPFL, the participating football clubs of the NPFL and Redstrike Group UK, the NPFL commercial rights holders and strategic commercial partners of the LMC.

The LMC claimed that it was an “absolute need to ensure appropriate compliance with the club’s licensing regulations among other regulatory requirements” amid strict COVID-19 restrictions.

The Federal Government through the Federal Minister of Youth and Sports Development was also briefed in this regard.

Meanwhile, the LMC chairman Shehu Dikko noted that huge progress has been made in the areas of infrastructure upgrade.

“The support of the NFF and the Minister of Youth and Sports Development has been critical in attaining this level of compliance,” adds the chairman.

“In line with the core objectives of the LMC-Redstrike partnership, which is to re-package and reposition the NPFL as one of the best football leagues on all parameters, Redstrike Group has engaged a reputable and experienced production company from Europe, which will deploy state of the art facilities and other equipment for the television production of matches and activities of the NPFL to meet world-class standards.”

He further said that the production company will be working with other domestic agencies that have the capacity to deliver media content of NPFL activities.

“This will enable the NPFL, in line with the best international benchmarks, to have full control of its content to be distributed, marketed and monetized across all platforms such as OTT, Mobile, Free to Air and Cable TV to ensure the widest coverage that can generate appropriate revenues to the NPFL.”

“The detailed and impressive production preparations have seen the assembling and engagement of very many Nigerians, technicians and other highly skilled football industry professionals,” he says in conclusion.

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