Lagos - The League Management Company (LMC) has launched an
innovation that would attract Nigerian players with international exposure to
play in the Glo Premier League.
The LMC Chief Operating Officer, Salihu Abubakar said in a
statement in Lagos on Friday that the innovation was tagged ‘Elite Players
It explained that the project would assist in improving
professionalism in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).
The statement said that it would allow the 20 clubs
participating in the league to register a maximum of two ex-international
players in addition to the maximum 35 allowed in a season.
“The LMC hereby brings to the notice of all participating
clubs of the NPFL the commencement of its Elite Players Project.”
“This project is pursuant to Rules 9.65, 9.67, 13.60.1,
13.60 (viii) and 15.21 of the NPFL Framework and Rules 2013/14 season”.
It said that some of the benefits of the scheme to clubs,
players, fans and sponsors included deepening players experience and bolster
the morale and confidence of young players in the NPFL. Others are the return
of Nigeria’s finest crop of international professional footballers and boosting
the mass appeal of the league for commercialisation.
The statement listed the criteria for players’
qualification, adding that such players must have played in a world class
league of undisputable pedigree for a minimum of five seasons.
“The ex-international player must have played for Nigeria at
the Olympic Games, Nations Cup, World Cup or alternatively have earned at least
20 international caps,’’ he said.
It added that clubs could register such elite players at any
point in the season so far they have not exceeded the maximum quota of two in
the season, saying Enyimba International may be the first to take advantage of
The statement said that South American leagues and South
Africa leagues are known to have benefited hugely from the return of their
national stars that made headlines in Europe.
“It is indeed believed that every South American player,
especially those from Brazil and Argentina always plan to retire from football
playing for their domestic league clubs,” it said.
It added that the LMC would support the project by paying
undisclosed stipend to the players in addition to whatever financial
arrangements individual players will reach with interested clubs.
“To encourage the players to settle down, the LMC will pay
additional stipend that will make life more comfortable for the elite players
and help them adjust faster,’’ it said.
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