Abdullahi, NFF extend LMC tenure
Minister of Sports and NSC Chairman Bolaji Abdullahi has commended the League Management Committee headed by Nduka Irabor for its effort in steering the nation’s football league to safe waters.
He recalled that it was the same League that six months ago could not pay indemnities of football referees which was confined on the shoulders of already impoverished clubs.
Abdullahi was particularly excited about the transparent manner the LMC has carried its assignment adding that fears that the minister and the NFF president were out to deny clubs their legitimate entitles have been found to be a ruse.
While maintaining that the LMC is out to protect the interest of the clubs, Nigerian football and Nigerians, Abdullahi maintained that the era of clubs sitting to elect people, to run the league is in the past, pointing out that it is either interested individuals apply to run the league or decide to stay as club managers.
“I am excited that we are celebrating what’s possible. This is the same League that less than a year ago was declared by a company in this country as worthless. But we are here celebrating a deal of $35 million. I say it loud and clear that unless we improve our league, we have not achieved anything. Our own generation of NSC and NFF are not fighting. We are making money out of football “ he boasted.
He commended the LMC for their tenacity and doggedness despite the insults and abuses from all. Abdullahi noted that it will be on record that it was his time as minister that the such milestone was achieved both transparently.
“If it were in the past, the minister or Maigari would have floated a company and insist that you must do business with the company,” he said and tasked the clubs to rise to the challenge to play to global standard.
He again warned referees and those who may wish to rubbish the effort of the LMC by fixing the games to be ready to go to jail, saying that such matters will not henceforth be treated administrative as they are criminal act. He stressed that the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related offences Commission will henceforth be invited to inquired to allegations of match fixing.
Abdullahi also declared his support and that of the Nigeria Football Federation for the LMC to continue beyond September exit date to enable it complete the good work it started.