Akure - Former coach of Sunshine Stars FC of Akure, Fatai Amao has said that reforms introduced by the League Management Company (LMC) have raised his expectations ahead of 2013/2014 season.
He spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos as Nigerian Premier League sides step up their preparations for the new season. The 2013/2014 season is scheduled to kick off on February 21.
“I have very high expectation based on the sort of decisions the League Management Company (LMC) has come up with to raise the quality of the competition,” he said. The LMC had abolished sign-on fees as part of contractual agreement between clubs and their players and technical staff from the 2013/14 season to reduce player-club frictions.
In place of sign-on fees, the LMC introduced the a minimum salary of N150,000 for the players.
The body also said clubs must provide a performance guaranty of N100 million from an approved financial institution. This is part of the season’s registration requirement for every club, a step Amao described as significant.
He told NAN that the recent “eye-catching” performance of the Super Eagles at the African Nations Championship (CHAN) in South Africa had invigorated fans’ interest in the domestic league. “I also believe that what our boys were able to do in CHAN will win back the hearts of fans to go to the stadia and watch league games.
“Generally, I foresee a season that will be better than the previous seasons because we are beginning to get things right, even though we’re not there yet,” Amao said.
The former Super Eagles assistant coach, however, appealed to the LMC to work out modalities for more efficient transportation for teams playing away from home.