Nigeria Premier League NPFL To Introduce Communication Gadgets For Referees Next Season

Gbenga Elegbeleye, the Chairman of the Nigeria Premier Football League, has stated that referees in the Nigerian top flight will begin to employ gadgets to aid their officiating next season as part of the league board’s efforts to strengthen the NPFL.

The 2023/24 season ended on Sunday, with Enugu Rangers earning their ninth title by five points.

The season was not without controversy, with various referees being suspended or expelled.

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Elegbeleye, who announced the commencement of the 2024/25 season on August 31, said the NPFL board was prepared to improve the level of officiating in Nigeria’s top flight.

“There is no perfect league anywhere in the world and we are still going through the development stages.

By next season, we are going to introduce some gadgets for referees,” Elegbeleye said via NPFL match commentator Sebastine Emmanuel.

The chairman also highlighted their plans to solidify the youth system of the NPFL.

“We are also going to improve on the youth programme because we made sure all the clubs registered all their feeders’ teams as part of the club licensing last season.

“I am happy a lot of them were in the last Nigeria’s U-17 team and we hope the youth system will become a pool of talents for the national teams and the topflight clubs next season.”

Meanwhile, the league’s Chief Operating Officer, Davison Owumi, announced that the fixtures for the following season had been drawn and that the resume date will be confirmed at the clubs’ congress.

“The pressure of events to begin the coming season is another round of pressure.

“From the NPFL internal workings, we already have that one in place but the league board also needs to call the congress of Nigerian clubs for them to agree.

“It is the only thing left to be done because the fixtures, dates and other things are ready.

“But we cannot say that because the Congress of Clubs needs to ratify it so that we do not jump the gun.”

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