WorldStage Newsonline-- The management of the Nigerian Premier League, NPL, has thrown its weight behind all the Nigerian clubs featuring in continental championships this weekend.
In a release signed by the Media Officer, Emma Njoku, chairman of the league board, Chief Victor Baribote Rumson noted that Nigerian League is currently ranked among the best in Africa and reminded the clubs flying the nation’s flag in the continent to justified that rating by ensuring that the coveted trophies (CAF Champions League and Confederation Cup) are won by Nigerian teams.
The league board considers the CAF competitions as top priority and is bent on doing everything within its powers in conjunction with its parent body, the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, to render both financial and administrative support to the clubs to enable them clinch the trophies.
Meanwhile, the management has debunked insinuations by some clubs and uninformed individuals that it is working against the interest of certain clubs.
The league board gives equal opportunities to all the 20 Premier League clubs and would mean no harm to any team that is campaigning in the continent in pursuance of honour and glory for the nation.
The Nigerian Premier League (NPL) further wishes to make some clarifications on the issue of clubs involved in continental competitions in relation to domestic league fixtures with particular reference to the rescheduled Week 3 league matches.
According to FIFA/CAF rules, clubs are allowed to play matches after forty eight (48) hours. Heartland of Owerri, Dolphins of Port Harcourt and Sunshine Stars FC of Akure all have seventy two (72) hours before its Continental matches.
The management, however, granted Warri Wolves FC concession to enable the team meet up with its flight arrangement on Wednesday morning.
However, the management has reiterated its determination to sanitize the Nigerian Premier League without treating any club either as a sacred cow or a sacrificial lamb.