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LMC, club owners plan election for new NPFL board

20 September 2013, 12:30

Abuja - The League Management Company (LMC) and club owners have concluded plans to elect seven persons to the board of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).

Alloy Chukwuemeka, the acting Secretary of Club Owners Association, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Abuja that the election would hold at the end of the league season.

Chukwuemeka said the English Premier League (EPL) structure would be adopted in the Nigerian elite league as part of the transformation agenda of the LMC.

"If you look at the EPL, they have two directors but we are proposing seven directors who will d be referred to as 'board members' in the new dispensation.

"he EPL style we are adopting does not mean the league will be played in England; it is going to be played in Nigeria.

"We are going to bring ingredients from the EPL and spice it up to our taste to domesticate it in Nigeria.

"In adopting that, it will help us to have a transition at the end of this season and this transition will help us go ahead with the ongoing reforms in the league,’’ he said.

Chukwuemeka said the LMC and club owners were more interested in getting the league on a sound footing rather than extending the tenure of the LMC in office.

"People talk about extension; the LMC has its term of reference as clearly spelt out in the terms of reference handed to them by the NFA.

"What we are trying to do as a people is to look at a way to have a transition that will go in line with the reforms.

"So, whether we like it or not, there will be transition because the LMC has terms of reference which will expire at the end of this season.

"What we are saying here is that there must be a transition ushering in a new body into the system because they (LMC) came as an emergency.

"They have come out with a reform programme that will give the league a new breath and we have adopted that.

NAN recalls that the Minister of Sports, Malam Bollaji Abdullahi, had, in August, approved an extension of time for the LMC to enable them complete the task of restructuring the NPFL.

The LMC secured two major deals for the NPFL as part of the reform process.

The deals are the N1.9 billion Globacom NPFL title right and the N5 billion Super Sport TV right contracts signed by the LMC.

The Globacom contract is for three years, while the deal with Super Sports is for four years beginning in 2015.



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