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NPFL clubs to get sponsorship deals

21 August 2015, 11:02

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.

LMC 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.

The 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.

 It 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.

- News24


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