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FG scraps NPFL’s League Management Company

The Federal Government on Friday discarded the League Management Company managing the Nigeria Professional Football League. To this end, the federal government also ordered the Nigeria Football Federation to withdraw the LMC license and set up an Interim Management Committee to oversee the league.

The directive was contained in a press statement issued on Friday by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Ismaila Abubakar.

According to the federal government, the decision became imperative after an eligible court of jurisdiction declared the League Management Company an illegal body.

“This decision has become necessary because of the obvious aberration (which is at variance with our football statutes or the laws of the land) whereby a private company is gifted the mandate to manage or run the league indefinitely, without the full involvement of and leadership by the clubs, and devoid of any process to monitor the progress and development of the game.

“Sequel to the above, and to rescue our domestic football from total collapse, the BOARD OF THE LMC AND THE LMC AS A BODY WOULD NO LONGER BE RECOGNISED BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AS OPERATOR OF THE NIGERIAN PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE.

“To avert further chaos in our domestic football, the NFF is advised to immediately withdraw the Licence given to the LMC and, in the meantime, set up an Interim Management Committee (IMC), to include the current Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer of the LMC to oversee the affairs of the League until a propagule Board is constituted by the Statutes of the NFF.”

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