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Club Owners commend NPFL Mgt. over positive development

Posted : 30 November 2023

As part of efforts to strengthen the synergy between the league managers, the Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL), and the Nigeria Football Club Owners Association, they have met in Abuja and agreed to continue engaging in the interest of the league.

The Club Owners, led by its chairman, Chief Okey Kpalukwu, commended the efforts of the NPFL management for taking a strong stand against erring match officials and putting the league on TV.

He also urged the Hon. Gbenga Elegbeleye-led board not to relent in giving Nigerians a league they can be proud of.

“We want to commend the NPFL board for the way it has dealt with the issue of poor officiating by match officials and the promptness applied in doing so.

"This is highly commendable, and on behalf of the Club Owners, I want to urge you not to rest on your oars because we can’t afford to go back to the ugly past where match officials do whatever they like with impunity, and nothing is done to checkmate them.

"We’re not there yet, but we’ve made progress. We are also happy that our games are now on television; this is very important for any league that wants to develop and be attractive to sponsors,” posited the former Sharks Football club of Port Harcourt General Manager.

The Rivers United General Manager said that the NPFL strategic partners, GTI, deserve support for what they’ve been able to do for the league, which he described as immense.

He, however, asked them to redouble their efforts at attracting more support for the league while pledging the backing of the clubs to enable them to achieve the lofty plans they have for the league.

On the issue of Total Promotions taking the NPFL to court, which is discouraging potential sponsors from supporting the league, Chief Kpalukwu pleaded with the former league partners to stop dragging the league backward.

“I thought we’ve gone past this stage, and I’m surprised that this issue of Total Promotions hasn’t gone away.

"What is certain is that the club owners, as a body, are solidly behind the NPFL, and we condemn in its entirety anything that will set the league backward. Enough is enough,” stated Chief Kpalukwu, who is also a member of the NPFL board.

In his response, the NPFL chairman, Hon Elegbeleye thanked the clubs for their continued support for the league body and promised to keep engaging with them to deliver on promises made when the board was sworn in by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) a few months ago.



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