The Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) Club Owners Association has finally parted ways with the recently scrapped League Management Company (LMC) as the body on Monday, October 17, demanded for inauguration of the Interim Management Committee appointed by the Minister of Youths and Sports Development, Sunday Dare.
During the meeting which was held between the new president of the NFF, Alhaji Ibrahim Musa Gusau and the Club Owners in Abuja, the NPFL clubs requested for a better –packaged, fulfilling and more fruitful Nigeria Professional Football League that will germinate a more beneficial football economy for all stakeholders.
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The Club Owners lamented that in the over six years of the LMC under Alhaji Shehu Dikko, the league suffered serious problems such as lack of sponsorship; No TV broadcast; poor officiating; insufficient funding and lack of match integrity.
They also lamented poor remuneration of match officials and huge indebtedness, poor infrastructure, incompetent administrators, no prize money for winners and/or failure to honour same as well as matches being won by the highest bidders.
Consequently, the Club Owners charged the NFF President and his Board to critically look into the aforementioned areas of concern and restructure the NPFL in line with international best practices.
They also demanded a small committee of football experts to look into the former League Management Committee (LMC) and the current Interim Management Committee (IMC) and come up with a functional governance structure to drive the NPFL.
The Club Owners, therefore, appealed to the NFF President to inaugurate the present IMC as appointed by the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Dare but with a short tenure.