Tunji Babalola: NPL will not take a break during 2013 Africa Cup of Nations

The acting Executive Secretary of the league organising body has said that the season will go on during the continental fiesta
Nigeria Premier League Acting Executive Secretary, Tunji Babalola has revealed that the season will not go on break during the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.

The new season in the elite division is expected to start before the Nations Cup on January 5. Babalola noted that the League will not disrupt the Nations Cup which Nigerians will want to watch.

"The moment we start the new season, there is no way we are going to take a break during the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations. There is no need taking a break since we know the days the Super Eagles will play their matches," Babalola told Goal.com.

"If the Super Eagles play on a Wednesday and their next game is on a Monday, what are we going to do with the Saturday and Sunday?

"You can be sure that there will not be matches on the day Super Eagles will play its matches.

"We don't want to take a break because we will lose about three weeks without playing any match.

"It will cause us another setback when the teams in the continent start playing their matches.

"The four clubs would need to be in a competitive shape and only the League can put them in that shape before they start playing in the continent.

"And when you that the Federation Cup would also be played, you will agree with me that we don't need to waste any time when the League eventually starts.

"I have said the secretariat of the Nigeria Premier League is ready and we are working hard to make sure that the League is played in an environment that will give all the clubs the opportunity to win their matches anywhere in the country.

"I am hopeful that we are going to haave a good season devoid of all the troubles in time past.

"The clubs would have to help the secretariat because we are planning to give Nigerians a good League season," Babalola said.