Thenationonlineng– Modified fixture schedules for the remaining games of the 2014/15 Glo Premier League season was released Thursday by the League Management Company (LMC) which earlier announced the postponement of the Match Day 34 fixture between Sunshine Stars and Rangers International.
With Sunshine Stars having six players in the Super Eagles squad leaving Nigeria today for the return leg of the Africa Nations Championship (CHAN) the LMC had acceded to the request of the Akure club to have their match rescheduled in line with Article B15.14 of the Framework and Rules. Under the provision, a club with five players in the national teams can request for a shift in date of their game.
According to the new schedule sent to the clubs and signed by the LMC Chief Operating Officer, Salihu Abubakar, Match Day 35 fixtures will no longer hold on Sunday, October 25 but will now be played on Wednesday, October 28. All Match Day 36 fixtures will hold on Sunday, November 1 while the rescheduled fixtures between Sunshine Stars and Rangers International and that between FC IfeanyiUbah and El-Kanemi Warriors will be played on Wednesday, November 4.
The statement listed the date for Match Day 37 as Sunday, November 8 while the last games of the season will still hold on Sunday, November 15.
Abubakar said the adjustments became necessary not only to enable the country have the services of the best players in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) but also to ensure that there will be no fixture congestions.
“We set out to ensure that the best players will be on parade for Nigeria so we can defend the lead from the first leg and also clear all outstanding fixtures and have all games played at the same time”, Abubakar explained.
He pointed out that the changes did not affect the date for the final games of the season which remains November 15.