Plateau United Football Club has voiced its discontent with the Interim Management Committee (IMC) of the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) over the eleventh-hour decision to delay the commencement of the 2023/2024 NPFL season.
Initially scheduled to kick off on September 9, the NPFL board abruptly postponed the start of the season.
Andrew Ekejiuba, media officer of GTI/NFF,
The reason provided by Andrew Ekejiuba, media officer of GTI/NFF, was to enable NPFL stakeholders to fully concentrate on the annual general meeting (AGM) of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), slated to take place in Uyo, Akwa Ibom.
As of the time of reporting, no official rescheduled date has been announced, leaving clubs and fans in suspense.
Plateau United were billed to play Shooting Stars in the opening match of the season in Ibadan.
Speaking with TheCable, Yaksat Maklek, the director of media operations for the Jos-based club, said they found out about the postponement while at the IMC office in Abuja for documentation.
He said the club has spent “substantially on camping and other arrangements for optimal preparations”.
Maklek also lamented the “waste of resources” the club has incurred due to 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 finished fifth in Group A of the abridged 2022/23 NPFL season — missing out of the Super Six by nine points.