The 2013/14 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season commences November 22, says the league body.
The League Management Company (LMC), the body in charge of the Glo Premier League, made the announcement after a three-day meeting, which ended on Wednesday afternoon in Abuja, reiterating that the ongoing 2012/13 campaign ends on October 20.
Clubs will have a month for pre-season games as players’ registration for the forthcoming campaign starts immediately after the conclusion of the 2013 season and closes on January 2nd, 2014.
In a statement made public by an LMC member, Mike Enahoro, discussions have been set in motion between the broadcast partners and club representatives as to beaming live games to a wider audience next season including the use of terrestrial channels.
Also in a bid to modernize broadcast of the Nigerian League, there now will be live matches on Friday.
“We will in the coming season have minimum of five to six matches on television every match week and towards achieving this, we have reached an understanding with our broadcast partners and clubs on the scheduling of live broadcast,” said Enahoro.
“We have introduced the Star Match of the Week and it will hold on Friday’s to be tagged Friday Night Special which will kick-off 7pm and will be broadcast live.
Enahoro revealed that the idea to hold double-header games in some cities where there are two representatives playing the same day have been conceived so as to increase the fan base for the league.
“The double-header concept is a feast of football that comes like a bonus to the cities where you have two clubs who will have their games played same day. They may play in the same stadium on same day and the idea is to stretch the football experience for the fans wither at the stadium or from television in their homes.
“We are simply responding to the yearnings of Nigerians for more games on television,” he added.