The Nigeria National League has been postponed indefinitely because clubs missed the deadline for registration.
Wednesday’s postponement was the third. The new NNL season was scheduled to start on March 3 but later postponed till March 18. But that also failed to see light of day as it was postponed till March 31.
It was learnt the majority of the NNL teams have been hit by financial crisis and struggling to raise money to pay their players.
Chief Operating Officer of the NNL Lawrence Katken told our correspondent that the league could not commence on Saturday as scheduled due to the failure of most clubs in the league to register for the season.
“The club owners were told during the General Assembly that no club would be allowed to feature in the league without paying their full registration and other fees for the season and it was agreed to by them,” he said.
“But it is sad that not all clubs have met their obligations and the other requirements needed to register them for the season. The NNL decided to postpone the league because the teams that are ready are not up to the required number to start the league.
“The defaulting clubs have been given another deadline to register for the season after which the NNL will make their decision known. For now, there is no specific date yet for the start of the season until the registration has been sorted.”
The 2017/18 season is expected to run in an abridged format with the 40 clubs grouped into four.
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