Abuja - The Leadership of the League Management Company (LMC) organizers of the Apex
League in Nigeria have revealed that plans are underway to secure 20
sponsorship deals for the 20 Premier League Clubs in Nigeria.
Chairman, Mallam Shehu Dikko disclosed this on Thursday while featuring on a
popular live television programme on Africa Independent Television AIT, kakaki.
The LMC boss said that several incentives and efforts put in place by the
League body this season have leveraged the system to compete favourably with
other organized leagues of the World, just as he boasted that the NPFL now have
the best rules and regulations as well as administrative structure and legal
framework in place.
Mallam Dikko however admitted that a lot still needed to be done to make the
domestic league better, even as he acknowledged the cooperation the LMC had
enjoyed working closely and inter facing with the Clubs, the NFF and other
relevant stakeholders which accounted for the successes recorded so far.
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According to him, part of the plans to engage several private investors to
partner with the Clubs was to ensure gradual disengagement of the government
from having total control of the clubs and also to entrench professionalism and
international best practices.
Mallam Dikko who doubles as the second Vice President of the Nigeria Football
Federation added that the recent visit by the NFF to the Nigeria stock Exchange
was a step further to woo the private investors to invest in the League Clubs.
He called on the
Media as key stakeholders in football, to use all available information
dissemination machineries and platforms to promote the domestic league, adding
that 'we must tell our own stories' to the World first before others.
LMC boss stressed further that under the new dispensation Winners of the League
would earn about 80 million naira while relegated Clubs would also receive
substantial amount. Moreso several incentives have been put in place for clubs
that win or draw away matches, aside bonus for clubs that record over five
Thousand fans, amongst other packages.
would be recalled that the introduction of Referees assessors and the special
security arrangements at League venues by the LMC have raised the standard of
officiating, high spectatorship of the domestic league as well as safety at the
match venues amongst others.