Lagos - The Association of Nigeria Premier League Club
Chairmen and Managers (club owners) have commended the leadership of the League
Management Company LMC for the unprecedented successes recorded in the Nigeria
professional football League NPFL this season.
Rising from its executive meeting held on Wednesday at the
PrixAir hotel Wuse in Abuja, the Association described the just concluded NPFL
season as one of the best in the history of professional football in Nigeria
and praised the efforts of the LMC board and other stakeholders for the great
achievements and progress in the domestic league.
The Association in a statement after its Exco meeting
jointly signed by the Ag. Chairman Barr. Isaac Danladi and the Ag. Secretary
Alloy Chukwuemeka further expressed confidence in the Dikko led board of the
LMC as well the six members of the Club Owners who serve as members of the LMC
Club Owners specifically appreciated the various workshops
and Seminars organized for its members locally and abroad by the LMC aimed at
increasing their administrative capacity, with the latest being the Sportspro
Workshop held at the Lagos Business School, which was attended by the Minister
of Youths and sports Solomon Dalung.
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Meanwhile the 20 Members of the Club Owners are set to
travel to Germany for yet another capacity building workshop to understudy the
Germany Bundesliga League ahead of the upcoming season even as the general
meeting of the Association holds next week in Abuja to fine tune the trip to
Europe, review the just concluded season and suggest the way forward in order
to consolidate on the achievements recorded.
The Workshop is expected to help the Nigerian football
league Club Managers to study the workings of the German League as well as its
model of Community ownership of Clubs, as a way of adapting, adopting and
transforming from government ownership and control of football clubs in Nigeria
to community based ownership.
In another development, the Club Owners have expressed
appreciation to the Governors of Abia state Okezie Ikpeazu, Akwa-Ibom state
Emmanuel Udom, Benue state Samuel Ortom, Plateau state Simon Lalung and the
Deputy Gov. Of Nasarawa state Silas Agara for honoring the final League match
and the final match of the Federation cup respectively held in Lagos.
Club Owners specifically commended the Governor of Akwa-Ibom
state Emmanuel Udom for rewarding his victorious team with huge cash awards and
houses, just as it enjoined other Governors to emulate him by appreciating
their clubs that won laurels for their respective states.
On the isolated cases of non-payment of Players' salaries by
few of the league Clubs, the Club Owners said it had received latest
information that the affected Clubs have commenced the process of off-setting
the debts, which it blamed on the global economic downturn, occasioned by the
fall in oil prices which affected the revenue of some of the states that own
clubs in the League.For
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