The Federal Government has declared the League Management Company (LMC), operator of Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) illegal and directed the leadership of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to withdraw operational licence given to the company immediately and set up an Interim Management Committee (IMC) to run the league.
The permanent secretary, Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, Ismaila Abubakar, made the pronouncement in a statement released on Friday morning in Abuja.
Abubakar said the decision has become necessary because of the obvious aberration which is at variance with NFF statutes or the laws of the land whereby a private company is gifted the mandate to manage or run the league without the full involvement of and leadership by the clubs, and devoid of any process to monitor the progress and development of the game.
“In view of the several unpleasant incidents regarding the management of the Football League, specifically, the declaration of the National Football League (NFL) as an illegal body by the Court; the status of the League Management Company (LMC), the NFL’s successor-in-title being outside the purview of the Statutes of the NFF; the Federal Government is constrained to withdraw its recognition of the LMC as the operator of the Nigeria Professional Football League, with immediate effect.
“This decision has become necessary because of the obvious aberration (which is at variance with our football statutes or the laws of the land) whereby a private company is GIFTED the mandate to manage or run the league indefinitely, without the full involvement of and leadership by the clubs, and devoid of any process to monitor the progress and development of the game.
“Sequel to the above, and in order to rescue our domestic football from total collapse, the BOARD OF THE LMC AND THE LMC AS A BODY WOULD NO LONGER BE RECOGNISED BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AS OPERATOR OF THE NIGERIAN PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE.
“To avert further chaos in our domestic football, the NFF is advised to immediately withdraw the Licence given to the LMC and, in the meantime, set up an Interim Management Committee (IMC), to include the current Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer of the LMC to oversee the affairs of the League until a proper Professional League Board is constituted in accordance with the Statutes of the NFF,” the statement stated.
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He appreciated God for the successful surgery on his left arm while commending the doctors for “a job well done”.
He wrote, “I just want to express my heartfelt appreciation to Allah for a successful surgery on my left arm.
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The Super Eagles of Nigeria were defeated 2-1 by the Desert Foxes of Algeria in a friendly match on Tuesday.
Nigeria surrendered an early game lead and got punished by the 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) champions at the Miloud Hadefi Stadium in Oran, Algeria.
Jose Peseiro entered the game with depleted attacking options as Victor Osimhen and Sadiq Umar were out battling injuries.
With limited options, he sent Terem Moffi as the lone striker with Kelechi Iheanacho as the creative cog between the attack and midfield that had Alex Iwobi, Frank Onyenka and flanked by Moses Simon and Ademola Lookman.
The Eagles began the game the hungrier of both sides, pouring forward in numbers and purpose.
The team then took the lead in the 8th minute after the ball bounced awkwardly into the path of Terem Moffi right in front of the Algeria goal mouth. The FC Lorient striker toed the ball home to send the Eagles ahead.
The home side almost replied immediately after Zaidu Sanusi headed waywardly, setting Youcef Bilaili on goal.
Although Bilaili pushed the ball beyond a prone Uzoho, Riyad Mahrez could only hit the side of the post from the ensuing scrap-up.
It could have been two nil in the 28th minute after Mustapha Zengha spilled Iheanacho’s shot in the path of Moffi, who teed up Lookman — but the latter was ruled offside after putting the ball into the net.
Iheanacho called the goalkeeper into action, sending two successive shots into his palms.
The home team began exerting themselves in the game, with Uzoho forced to save two freekicks.
Mahrez and Islam Slimani bombarded Sanusi on the right side of the Eagles’ defence as cracks began to manifest.
The pressure paid off for Algeria in the 40th minute. Ramy Bensebaini reacted quickest to a rebound off a shot, and Onyeka dived into a tackle only to take the Algerian down.
Mahrez sent Uzoho the wrong way from the resultant penalty.
Desert Foxes completed the comeback in the 60th minute after Uzoho punched a corner kick and a couple of passes set it nicely for Youcef Attal, who sent 35-yard piledriver flying into the left bottom corner.
The result means Peseiro has lost three of his six games as Nigeria’s coach. The first two defeats were against Mexico and Ecuador.
Nigeria will play Portugal next in an international friendly billed for November 17.
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