Nigeria Premier Football League Announces New Start Date, Increased Prize Money for 2023/24 Season
Ringing in the New Season
The Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL) has officially declared that the 2023/24 season will commence on September 30, 2023. This announcement comes after a series of postponements that had initially left the start date of the season uncertain. This season was previously scheduled to kick off on September 9, with Enyimba and Bendel Insurance primed to face off in the opening matchday. The reasons behind this change in schedule, however, have not been made public.
A Hefty Prize for the Champions
Davidson Owumi, the Chief Operating Officer of the NPFL, made another exciting revelation. He announced that the champions of this season would receive ₦150 million. This significant increase, a 50 percent hike from the previous season’s prize money, represents a significant commitment by the NPFL to make the league more rewarding and appealing. The increase in prize money is expected to invigorate the teams and intensify the competition for the championship.
Supporting the Teams
In addition to the increased prize money, the NPFL will also continue its practice of providing a take-off grant to each of the participating teams. Each of the 20 teams in the league will receive a grant of ₦10 million. This grant, intended to smooth out operations as the season begins, is a continuation of a practice that was also implemented in the previous season. As the new season is just around the corner, the NPFL Secretariat is urging clubs to provide their account details for an expeditious transfer of the grant.
Aiming for a Competitive Environment
The NPFL’s decision to increase the prize money and continue providing the take-off grant underscores their commitment to fostering a supportive and competitive environment for the teams. By making these financial commitments, the NPFL is demonstrating its intent to encourage healthy competition and support the teams, thus ensuring the overall growth and development of the league.
Alongside the announcement of the new season start date and the increased financial incentives, Owumi also hinted at ongoing discussions with a company proposing a ten-year partnership for broadcast rights. This suggests that the NPFL is actively working on expanding its reach and improving its market standing. The successful conclusion of these discussions would undoubtedly boost the league’s economic standing and by extension, benefit the clubs participating in the league.
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