NFF President Hails Organisers After Successful NPFL Draw
The President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Ibrahim Musa Gusau, has applauded the Interim Management Committee (IMC) of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) for its efforts to reposition the Nigerian League, following the conduct of the Draw for the new Season in Abuja on Wednesday.
At the colourful ceremony held inside the press conference hall of the Sandralia Hotel, the 20 NPFL teams were calibrated into two different groups for the purpose of the abridged League season, already approved by the NFF.
Gusau was represented at the event by the NFF’s Director of Communications, Ademola Olajire.
“Let me state clearly that the NFF is satisfied with the efforts the IMC headed by Hon. Gbenga Elegbeleye has been making to rebrand and reposition the NPFL since its inauguration,” Gusau said in a statement
“The NFF commends the IMC Chairman and all his members for the highly successful pre-season tournament held earlier in the month, and also for the actualisation of this Draw Ceremony.”
“The commitment to engineer changes that will deliver a vibrant Nigeria League and a viable football economy in the country remains as firm as ever. The NFF will continue to provide the necessary support to the IMC to fulfill its terms of reference in flying colours.” Gusau added.
The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare, was represented by his Chief of Staff, Abba Abdullahi Yola.
Chairman of the IMC, Hon. Gbenga Elegbeleye revealed that the organisers have secured a sponsor to foot the indemnities of match officials for the next three years, with the payments to be done directly from the company to the appointed match officials.
“We are committed to eradicating the malaise of indebtedness to match officials, which compromises them and lowers their morale to do the right thing,” Elegbeleye said.
“The IMC has also increased the winner’s prize for the season to the sum of N 100 Million, which is a hundred percent increase on what was in place previously.”
The Draw Ceremony grouped the 20 teams into two pools of A and B, with Matchday 1 set for 8th January, 2023.
MATCHDAY 1 (A)
Nasarawa United Vs Enyimba FC
Akwa United Vs Bendel Insurance
Plateau United Vs Shooting Stars
Kwara United Vs Gombe United
Remo Stars Vs El-Kanemi Warriors
MATCHDAY 1 (B)
Bayelsa United Vs Dakkada FC
Wikki Tourists Vs Niger Tornadoes
Doma United Vs Sunshine Stars
Rivers United Vs Lobi Stars
Rangers Int’l Vs Abia Warriors