LMC Chairman, Hon. Nduka Irabor
By Femi Solaja
Chairman of the League Management Committee (LMC), Hon. Nduka Irabor, Tuesday said that the lack of a titled sponsor was part of the challenges facing the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).
Speaking at an interactive session with members of the Lagos State Chapter of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), the former member of the House of the Representatives said that the broadcast rights problem between Total Promotions and Globacom Telecommunications required to be addressed for the league to move forward.
“The LMC is appointed by the NPFL to oversee the progress of the domestic football league in Nigeria. Part of challenges is to keep the league regardless of a title sponsor.
“We have two cheques as at now from Globacom but we need them to understudy what we have presented as our format for the league.
“Total promotions also want contractual agreements but things have to be done in the right order,’’ he noted.
Irabor similarly said that there are existing laws guiding football clubs in the country, players and youth teams but the teams have not adhered to it.
“By our contractual arrangements, our league should be worth N300 million for any club to be part of it.
“This is what will aid a good football league where our players will receive the necessary worth of their jobs,’’ he added.
Irabor stressed that the LMC is committed to setting a standard that will bring back the glamour and fanfare that is associated with the domestic scene in the past.
“The committee has been working tirelessly towards this and with all the legal backings. We won’t be distracted by comments from the few who do not seem to understand what we want to collectively achieve. I have heard comments that Irabor has acquired 20 percent of the league. That is not possible in present day Nigeria,” concludes the respected former journalist.