NPFL Once Our Pride Now A Sick Caricature – Sports Minister Dare
The NPFL which was once the pride of Nigeria Football is now a sick caricature, according to Sports Minister Sunday Dare (PICTURED with IMC Members).
Dare made this point when he received in his office the newly-inaugurated Interim Management Committee (IMC) to oversee the NPFL following the dissolution of the LMC.
“Our professional league which used to be our pride in this country, is sick today and has become a caricature of its old self which needs urgent attention,” Dare said.
He has therefore called on the IMC to resuscitate the league and bring it back to its past glory.
The Minster further explained that football can also become a profitable business in the country, if only the league can be resuscitated.
He added that private investors are always ready to plunge in their resources into football if the governance structure and environment is right and therefore called on the IMC to leave no stone unturned in ensuring the rebirth of the league.
Dare informed that President Muhammadu Buhari has put in place the Football Masterplan, which the State Governments are willing to key into and further urged the Committee members to work with the plan and other stakeholders, in order to bring the football league back on its feet.
He assured that government was ready to render necessary support to the IMC towards revitalising the league so as to enable it stand out at international competitions.
Speaking earlier, the Chairman of the Committee, Honourable Gbenga Elegbeleye, assured that members will bring their wealth of experience to bear in ensuring the resuscitation of the League.
He stated that the Committee will also partner with relevant stakeholders with a view to achieving their mandate.