The Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) has been ordered by the federal government to revoke the League Management Company’s (LMC) license, which is under the control of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).
Ismaila Abubakar, the Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, explained in a statement released on Friday that the decision was made in light of several unpleasant incidents involving the administration of the football league, specifically the National Football League (NFLdesignation )’s as an illegal body by a court.
The statement read: “This decision has been made necessary due to 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 and leadership by the clubs, and devoid of any process to monitor the progress and development of the game.
“Consequent to the foregoing, and in order to save our domestic football from complete collapse, the Federal Government will no longer recognize the Board of the LMC and the LMC as a body as the operator of the Nigerian Professional Football League.
“To avoid further chaos in our domestic football, the NFF is advised to immediately revoke the license granted to the LMC and, in the interim, establish an Interim Management Committee (IMC), to include the current Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer of the LMC to oversee the league’s affairs until a proper Professional League Board is established in accordance with the NFF’s statutes.”