The 2013/14 Glo Premier League season may no kick-off until various clubs eligible to compete meet the FIFA club licensing criteria by the December 31 deadline set by CAF, says the chairman of the League Management Company (LMC) Hon. Nduka Irabor.
Speaking at the independent League Bloggers Award (LBA) gala on Wednesday night, Irabor said: “We are not running a professional league. For the League to be professional, clubs have to meet all of the criteria for club licensing.
“The league will start only if we have fully professional clubs to meet the licensing criteria.”
Those condition includes ownership of, or unfettered access to a home stadium, a bank guarantee of N100 million to ensure that clubs are able to meet up with the financial obligations, including the ability to pay players and coaches their signing-on fee and other allowances when due, and the establishment of proper and functional academies/youth teams within their club structures, among others.
Clubs are expected to meet the aforementioned criterias as any defaulter risks been exempted from licensing.