Abuja - The
Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) was among the world’s leading
football leagues that reached a decision in Paris, France on Tuesday, to form a new global organization that has been set up to work with
FIFA on issues affecting professional football.
Chairman of the League Management Company (LMC) Shehu Dikko, was one of
the 23 heads of national Professional League bodies at the meeting where the
formation of the ‘World Association of Leagues’ was announced, following the
second World Leagues Forum.
The first held in England. A total of 23 professional leagues were involved in
the meeting, which has led to the creation of a permanent association to liaise
with world football’s governing body.
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A working group of five leagues has been established to develop the formal
structure for the new association. The group is composed of: Enrique Bonilla,
president of Mexico’s Liga MX; Don Garber, commissioner of North America’s Major
League Soccer (MLS); Mitsuri Murai, chairman of Japan’s J League; Christian
Seifert, chief executive of the German Football League (DFL) and Frederic
Thiriez, president of the French Football League (LFP).
This group, chaired by Thiriez has been entrusted with finalizing the details
for structuring the association by January 2016.
On his part Dikko met with officials of the Spanish La Liga on the sidelines of
the meeting to finalise bilateral agreement between the NPFL and La Liga and
also had fruitful meetings with officials of the German Bundesliga and the
English Premier League.
The LMC Chairman said, “This meeting also provided platforms for most of the
leagues to hold bilateral talks and for us from Nigeria, it was an opportunity
to finalise discussions already initiated with the La Liga, the Bundesliga and
the FA Premier League that will assist us in capacity building, technical
training and club development”.