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IMC Gets 3 Months To Reorganise NPFL As Gusau Wants League Back On TV

The Interim Management Committee (IMC) for the NPFL has been given an initial three months to re-organise Nigeria’s elite domestic league.

The life span of the IMC was made public at its inauguration today by NFF President Ibrahim Gusau.

Other terms of reference for the committee include getting the NPFL back on television and well as getting the new league season to kick off.

Today’s inauguration of the IMC has sealed the fate of the League Management Company (LMC), which has been disbanded by the Federal Government of Nigeria.

NFF President Gusau (PICTURED middle with Elegbeleye right), who inaugurated the committee, said the NPFL not being on TV was a huge drawback.

“There is a lot of work to be done by this committee of eminent and respectable persons in Nigeria Football, people with the pedigree and real calibre to effect change. One of the changes must be to ensure that our League is back on television, and that there is a lot of integrity and credibility to the way and manner it is being administered,” he said.

“I have tremendous confidence in the chairman and members of the committee that they will justify the confidence reposed in them by the Government and people of Nigeria.”

In his response, committee chairman, Hon. Gbenga Elegbeleye, one-time Director General of the National Sports Commission, thanked the NFF President and his Board for the confidence they have proclaimed in the committee and assured that his committee will do its best to put in place building blocks that a substantive team will improve on to rejuvenate, upgrade and upscale the NPFL.

“Definitely, we have a lot of problems in the League. We have problems of officiating, of lack of television and several other hiccups,” Elegbeleye admitted.

“Our job will be to do a lot to redress these within the short time we have, and we also appeal to the media to ensure credibility in their reporting of the League.”

Also at the occasion were Alhaji Sharif Rabiu Inuwa and Mr. Timothy Henman Magaji (NFF Executive Committee Members); Dr. Mohammed Sanusi (NFF General Secretary); Dr. Emmanuel Ikpeme (NFF Deputy General Secretary); Alhaji Aminu Balele Kurfi (Chairman of NFF Task Force on Youth Competitions); Mr. E. C. Kadiri (Director of Finance & Admin); Mr. Augustine Eguavoen (Technical Director); Mr. Ademola Olajire (Director of Communications); Dr. Robinson Okosun (Deputy Director, Technical); Mr. Femi Adetula (Public Relations Officer, Nigeria Olympic Committee) and; Mr Kola Daniel (Media Aide to the Hon. Minister of Youth and Sports Development).


I. Come up with the procedure for rebranding the League with sincerity of purpose, transparency and accountability; thereby creating an enabling environment that will ensure that the inherent benefits of it as a business outfit, is fully maximised.

II. Advise on the legal framework that will attract sponsorship opportunities from reputable corporate organisations, that will make the League a sustainable and viable brand.

III. Draw up modalities for the commercialisation of TV Rights that will represent the highest value of the profit and loss for the domestic league.

IV. Restart the League and draw up a calendar in line with global best practices in achieving the desired objectives and ensure that every Premier League Club has a good playing infrastructure that is TV-friendly, in line with CAF Standards.

V. To ensure that the League is on Television for better evaluation and transparency.

VI. Furthermore, the IMC as a matter of urgency should draw up a check list of tools and activities as well as assign appropriate timelines within which they would be accomplished with a view to having a form of professionalism in the League.

VII. To put up a legal framework and set up modalities for a permanent body to run the League appropriately.

VIII. Review the Club Licensing Regulations in line with the FIFA Club Licensing Rules while incorporating legal, administrative and financing systems and putting in place a structure that will guarantee the basic club licensing requirements ensuring that PLAYERS WELFARE is adhered to strictly by the Club Owners (Payment of Players salaries, contractual terms and certified Insurance schemes).

IX. Review the League framework(s) to ensure compliance, fair and credible officiating, while disciplinary measures for hooliganism must be evaluated to prevent fans and teams from indulging in it.


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