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‘We’ve Spent A Lot of Money on Preparation,’ Plateau United Claims of The NPFL Postponement

The Interim Management Committee (IMC) has come under fire from Plateau United for abruptly delaying the commencement of the new Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) season.

The NPFL board just postponed the start of the 2023/2024 season, which had been scheduled for September 9.

The league’s inaugural tournament has been postponed, according to Andrew Ekejiuba, media officer of GTI/NFF, to allow its members to focus on the Nigeria Football Federation’s (NFF) annual general meeting (AGM) in Uyo, Akwa Ibom.

Plateau United were scheduled to play Shooting Stars in the season opener in Ibadan.

Yaksat Maklek, the Jos-based club’s director of media operations, told Plateau Watch that they learned of the postponement while at the IMC office in Abuja seeking documents.

According to him, the club has spent “significantly on camping and other arrangements for optimal preparations.”

Maklek also lamented the club’s “waste of resources” as result of the postponement.

“Plateau United has substantially lost in terms of materials and mentality put into preparing for the match and the new season,” he said.

“We were at the IMC office in Abuja for documentation when we found out. So a lot of things have been wasted. The club has spent substantially on camping and other arrangements for optimal preparations.

“Psychologically, so much focus has been built towards the match [on Saturday], and the team has also lost much in terms of preparedness, with the players disappointed and negatively affected.”

Plateau United came fifth in Group A of the shortened 2022/23 NPFL season, nine points short of the Super Six.


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