LMC Postpones Super Four
The League Management Company has postponed this year’s edition of the Super Four indefinintly.
According to reports reaching Trumpeta Sports Desk, the not too attractive end of season tournament was supposed to kick-off on October 29, but it has been shifted indefinitely to yet to be disclosed date.
The Super Four trophy is usually competed for by the four highest placed teams in the league, meaning the likes of Kano Pillars, Enyimba, Bayelsa United and El Kanemi Warriors will feature in this year’s edition of the competition whenever it is played.
Kano Pillars are expected to be officially presented with their GLO premier League trophy on the opening day of the Super Four.
Heartland fc are the current champions, but the Owerri based club side will not be able to defend their crown as they failed to qualify for this year’s edition after finishing poorly at the end of the GLO premier League.
NPFL Religation Fever: Not
Yet Uhuru For Heartland Fc
…As players Unpaid entitlements may still send team down
Uneasy calm has enveloped the camp of Heartland fc over the relegation escape of the club which presently is being threatened by technical relegation.
According to reports emanating from the League Management Company (LMC), Heartland may still be relegated if the State Government who is the owner of the club fails to honor their promise by paying the sign-on-fees owed to the players before the commencement of the new league season.
It could be recalled that the players are being owed 90% of this season’s sign-on fees and 10% of last season’s which according to LMC must be paid before they can sign new players or coach in line with the new league statute.
Football critics in the State including darling fans of the Naze millionarise have expressed their worry over the recent development considering the attitude of the government on the matters concerning the club since it assumed office.
The interpretation however shows that in an event the players leave en mass as they have threatened to do, the management will not be allowed to bring in new players nor be registered for the new season which automatically means relegation if the government fails to offset the outstanding entitlements.
The situation is however not peculiar with Heartland fc alone as other clubs are equally owing the players some percentage of their sign-on-fees but that of Heartland is well documented and needs urgent attention as the league owners have put November 26 as the tentative resumption date of the new season, 2013/14.
Up in Ideato-South
The Imo State House of Assembly Chief Whip and Member representing Ideator-South constituency, Hon Ikechukwu Amuka on Monday, October 11 at the LGA sports arena kicked-off his football championship for all the secondary schools in the area.
In a special chart with members of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), Imo State chapter, Hon Amuka emphasized on the need to re-discover the glamour and zeal of our children over sporting activities which according to him hard helped to position our young students to become great men and women of today.
The Chairman, House Committee on works, Transport and Housing as well as the Chief executive Imo State Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) further stated that the competition will help to identify talents in their tender age adding that plans have been put in motion to select very gifted players identified during the competition who will be camped for proper training to also take part in the National Secondary School football competition next year in Akwa-Ibom State.
In a related development, Hon Anwuka also revealed his plans to give socour to the teachers in Ideator South with his N2m teacher’s welfare loan scheme designed to help them take care of their immediate needs while awaiting their salaries stating that a committee charged with supervising the scheme will be inaugurated on Saturday October 26 at Emirates Hotels along World bank road by Yaradua junction, Owerri.
He however pointed out that the desire to set up the welfare scheme for every teacher in the LGA irrespective of your origin was because his father was one of them and also to further support the free education program of His Excellency Owelle Rochas Okorocha who has brought within two years so much development in Imo State like it has never been done before.
The competition according to Hon Amuka will reward the winners to the tune of N200,000, 1st runners-up N150,000 and N100,000 for the 2nd runners up as well as many other individual awards while the distribution of millions of football materials were distributed to the participating schools promising to also sponsor women football in the near future .