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Buhari sacks NPFL League Management Company

The President Muhammadu Buhari led Federal Government has sacked and declared as illegal the operation of the League Management Company – LMC.

The LMC has supervised the operations of the Nigerian Professional Football League – NPFL over the past few years with the league ridden with several unpleasant incidents and mismanagement.

The Federal Government through the Ministry of Youths and Sports has taken decisive action in a bid to reposition the league ahead of the 2022/2023 season.

The decision was contained in a press statement signed and released by the Permanent Secretary of the Youths and Sports Ministry on Friday, September 9, 2022.

The statement reads in full:

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT DECLARES LMC ILLEGAL

In view of the several unpleasant incidents regarding the management of the Football League, specifically, the declaration of the National Football League (NFL) as an illegal body by the Court; the status of the League Management Company (LMC), the NFL’s successor-in-title being outside the purview of the Statutes of the NFF; the Federal Government is constrained to withdraw its recognition of the LMC as the operator of the Nigeria Professional Football League, with immediate effect.

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 in order 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 proper Professional League Board is constituted in accordance with the Statutes of the NFF.

Signed :
Ismaila Abubakar
(Permanent Secretary)

September 9, 2022.

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