Nigerian top flight suspended

Nigerian football was plunged into deeper crisis this week when administrative issues at the highest level led to the suspension of the Professional Football League.

The NPFL was due to resume on Wednesday following a month-long break, but the League Management Committee has decided to postpone all remaining fixtures indefinitely.

Christopher Giwa has seized power at the Nigeria Football Federation, claiming he was elected to the post in 2014, which is currently being contested in the courts.

However, Amaju Pinnick is recognised as head of the NFF by FIFA, whose president, Gianni Infantino, threatened to ban Nigeria over the ongoing leadership dispute.

LMC Chief Operating Officer Salihu Abubakar sent all 20 top-flight clubs a letter on Monday to explain the halt to proceedings ahead of the 25th round of matches.

"Kindly be informed that the League Management Company (LMC) has reached a decision to postpone the resumption of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) indefinitely," read Abubakar's statement, which appeared on the league's official website.

"The decision is based on the current adverse circumstances in the administration of football in the country as a result of which sponsors, partners and service providers have expressed strong concerns and are reviewing their involvement in the league.

"There is therefore the need to engage them further in this regard in order to mitigate against any possible adverse outcome.

"Furthermore, organizing matches of the NPFL under the current circumstances might cause irreversible damage to the League brand."