Illegal LMC Scrapped, Interim Committee Set Up Before Clubs Run NPFL Again
The League Management Company (LMC) led by Shehu Dikko (PICTURED) has been scrapped after the Sports Ministry described it as “illegal” and ordered an Interim Management Committee (IMC) to now oversee the running of the NPFL.
The decision was conveyed in a press statement today signed by the Permanent Secretary Sports Ministry, Ismaila Abubakar.
The Ministry based its decision to disband the LMC on “several unpleasant incidents” in the management of the NPFL, a Supreme Court judgment and that the company responsible for organising the Nigeria’s top league is also inknown to the NFF Statutes.
The Government has therefore withdrawn its recognition of the LMC as the operator of the Nigeria Professional Football League with immediate effect.
The NFF have therefore been asked to withdraw the license given to the LMC and in the interim set up an interim committee to include the LMC CEO Davidson Owumi and Chief Operating Officer (COO), Salihu Abubakar.
This will be until such a time that a Professional League Board is constituted in accordance with the NFF Statutes.
Part of the press statement read: “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.”
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