The Chief Executive Officer of the League Management Company, the body in charge of the country’s top flight men’s football league, NPFL, Honourable Nduka Irabor asks the federal government to rescue the league from dieing.
Irabor, who made the call, Saturday, October 12, 2019 on Naija Made on Super Sports, attributes the late kick- off of the 2019/2020 league season which is yet to commence to inadequate sponsors, particularly a television Broadcast Rights partner.
He emphasised that the government should provide the incentive for the Nigeria Television Authority, NTA to acquire Broadcast Rights for the league as Nigerians have a right to watch the NPFL on television.
Irabor also asked the federal government to build new stadia, ensure proper maintenance of exsiting ones and provide adequate security at match centres.
The LMC Chief Executive Officer confirmed that he will seize to be in charge of the body from December 18, 2019, called on Nigerians to demonstrate their passion in the sport by owning the league again.
Irabor hinted that, the draw for the 2019/2020 season will tentatively hold on Wednesday, October 16, 2019, following the outcome of a two-day consultative meeting starting on Monday.
He was however unsure wether or not the league will kick off on October 20 as announced by the Minister of Sports and Youths Development, Sunday Dare.