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LMC draws battle lines against NPL club chiefs

21 November 2013, 17:37Israel Ojoko

Lagos - The League Management Company (LMC) has said in clear terms that clubs who want to take part in the Glo Nigerian Premier League will no more be allowed to owe players.

It is a sorry situation in the Nigerian professional league as over 70 percent of the clubs owe their players.

But the LMC, who is the body in charge of running the league, is now set to enforce a rule that will ensure the club chiefs does not owe players, as license will be issued to only clubs that meet certain requirement to participate in the league.

“Privy to the (FIFA) license regulation, a club cannot owe a player, in fact you cannot take part in the league if you can’t guarantee to pay your players their salaries”, chairman of LMC Nduka Irabor said in Lagos.

“It is now we want to play professional football. We’ve been joking about it”.

“The league will start when we have professional football league, right now, until the clubs are licensed they are not professional football clubs”.

“We are giving them so much time. We’ll wait for NFF to formally make the license available, and then we’ll see if we can beat the deadline of December 31 given by CAF, if we do, we’ll start the league immediately after CHAN (Championship for African Nations) 2014, and if we don’t, we’ll push to get enough clubs registered. We desire to play 20 clubs if 20 clubs register. All clubs must meet those conditions required to register”.

This may not be a good news to club chairmen as they have raised eyebrows over the tenure of the Nduka Irabor led LMC.

The LMC is also planning a scheme to insure the lives of players.


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