Nigerian football season begins early December

Yinka Salaam

Nigeria Professional Football League will begin a new season in the first week of December this year.

The Executive Secretary of the Nigeria Professional Football League Club Owners, Mr Alloy Chukwuemeka said this at a monthly interactive session of Sport Writers Association of Nigeria in Osogbo,  Osun State

He said the NPFL Club Owners have received a proposal from the League Management Company that the league start by first week.

Chukwuemeka said the proposal would be considered at the Annual General Meeting of the Club Owners.

The General Manager, Abubakar Bukola Saraki Football Club, Ilorin commended the League Management Company for improving the nation’s league.

“The LMC has turned around the league in Nigeria. The league is now attractive, and there are eight firms lobbying to be part of LMC. The LMC has set a standard and that is why a lot of firms want to be part of the Nigeria Professional Football League.”
While responding to questions on the development of football and sports generally, the football Administrator stressed that a return to the grassroots through school sports remains the only way to discover exceptional talents.

“For instance, the Kwara Football Academy gives ABS Football Club ten of its best players every season through a partnership that exists between the two clubs” Chukwuemeka said.

He recommended community ownership of football clubs as practiced in other climes based on what he learnt from the LMC organised LaLiga Tour in Spain earlier in the year.

’’Immediately I came back from Spain, I went to my village (Ehime mbano) and I met with my Local Government Chairman and we formed Mbano United. I bought jerseys and balls for the team, because in Spain their clubs are built on there culture. Football community ownership is very important.”

Mr Chukwuemeka who is also a National Officer of Sports Writers Association of Nigeria commended Osun SWAN for the Monthly Stakeholders Forum and promised to take the programme to other states across the federation.

 

Jibril O.