The League Management Company (LMC) have confirmed December 27 as the return date of the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) for it’s 2020/21 season.
The league’s governing body made the announcement on their Twitter handle on Saturday after due consultation with the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), the participating 20 clubs and commercial partners.
This is coming after the league has seen a nine-month period of inactivity. Notably, the 2019/20 season was called off after 25 rounds of matches back in March due to the coronavirus pandemic that hampered activities in the country.
Sinice then, all efforts to commence a new season has been thwarted, until this new development.
Meanwhile, the LMC boss Shehu Dikko has promised all fans and stakeholders in the league of a better experience in the coming season, stating that the long wait will be worth it in the end.
“On the back of the LMC-Redstrike partnership, the NPFL will now see the return of performance incentive payments to NPFL participating clubs such as, Basic Award (Guaranteed payments for participation), Technical/Performance Award (payments earned based on milestones achieved by clubs), Merit Award (Prize Monies distributed to clubs based on final position on the league table at the end of season) and Parachute Payments (to support clubs relegated from the NPFL in the previous season),” Dikko told the NPFL official website NPFL.ng.
“There’s no doubt that exciting times lie ahead for all football lovers in Nigeria who have long yearned to have matches and activities of NPFL made readily available to them by streaming and broadcast on other platforms, including traditional TV.”
Indeed, plans have been concluded to have league games streamed live from match venues this season with the introduction of the NPFL.TV mobile application.
“In line with the core objectives of the LMC-Redstrike partnership, which is to repackage 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,” Dikko added.
“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.
“These preparations include the development of the NPFL.TV App, an OTT platform/channel for streaming the NPFL matches, which will also house all the apps of the individual NPFL clubs and provide the best possible fan engagement among others.”