Lagos – Former coach of Kwara United Samson Unuanel has
joined the voices supporting the League Management Company - saying it has been
a blessing in disguise for stakeholders, advocates and supporters of the round
leather game in Nigeria.
The former Prime, Ocean Boys, Niger Tornadoes and Enyimba
gaffer told News24 that the premier league has been sanitized.
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“The Premier league has been sanitized thanks to the
emergence of the Shehu Dikko managed LMC. I pray the good Lord gives him the
power to increase the momentum and make the elite league one we should be proud
of,” Unuanel told News24.
“People have started showing interests in the league and
matches have been attracting spectators. I feel the glamour will soon return,”
“In the past, home teams were sure of winning at their
backyard, but we have seen visiting teams win away like what happened between
Bayelsa United and Nasarawa United on Sunday. This has given confidence to visiting
teams, with the assurance that if they play well, they will not be denied by
“The match officials are aware that they are being assessed;
hence they know that any attempt to manipulate games means they might be
suspended and punished. This is also in line with the way football leagues all
over the world are being run with many teams reposing more confidence in the
ability of the officials to deliver good judgments on the pitch.
“The LMC promised clubs that if their home ground can attract
at least 5000 spectators on match-days, cash rewards will be given to them.
These are little ways of encouraging clubs to generate revenues.” He concluded.For
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