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Nigeria Football Federation Calls for Harmonization Of Domestic Leagues In The Country

The need for synchronization of the various football Leagues in Nigeria in their areas of operations, programmes and activities has been emphasized.

This was the focal point during a weekend meeting held between organizers of the country’s apex men’s league, the League Management Company (LMC) and its sister League, the next important League, the Nigeria National League, NNL.

The meeting which was intended to be a courtesy visit to the LMC by the new Management team of NNL incidentally had the 1st Vice-President of the Nigeria Football Federation Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi who oversees Football Committee of the Nigeria Football Federation in attendance. Also in attendance were the LMC Chairman and his Team and the newly appointed CEO of NNL, COO and some management staff of NNL.

Barrister Seyi said harmonizing the various leagues is needed to put the domestic football on the right footing, according to him the leagues do not exist in isolation to each other, they play complementary roles.

The wide gulf that exist in the kick- off and closing dates of the Leagues must be closed and the only way to do this is for the leadership of both the LMC and NNL to interface regularly, weigh their calendars, to enable them find a go-between them.

He declared that restructuring the Leagues is key towards achieving better productivity “Nigeria domestic football will amount to nothing if the league bodies are not properly set up to attract prospective sponsors”.

He strongly advocated a gradual cutting down of the number of clubs featuring in the NNL to a more manageable figure, saying the present number of about forty six waters the value of the League.

Barrister Seyi canvassed for a phase plan deduction of the number of participating teams in the NNL. He said NNL should be a traditional League of about twenty team format to bring in quality, attractiveness and competitiveness.

The Chairman of the NNL, Sen. Obinna Ogba through his Chief Executive Officer Barr. Sajo Mohammed canvassed for collaboration in the areas of capacity building/technical support and recognition in all LMC’s future sponsorship/partnership drive.

The Chairman of LMC Shehu Dikko promised improved synergy and collaboration with the NNL

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NNL Clubs To Provide Certificate Of Incorporation

The Nigeria National League, NNL has directed its clubs to ensure the provision of Certificate of Incorporation from the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) as part of the efforts of the league body to hold the clubs more accountable in their operations and responsibilities. The evidence of the clubs in moving forward as a limited liability company is a major prerequisite for the 2020/2021 season. This time around, the certificate which is an essential document must be forwarded to NNL for sighting and domiciliation during registration. NNL Chief Operating officer, Mr. Emmanuel Adesanya said the second important League in the country is aiming at providing the best and most responsible league for all stakeholders including sponsors and fans. “Incorporation will authenticate clubs legal existence. We want a system where the clubs can cater adequately for their players and officials and operate under global standards best practices. Club incorporation is a huge step towards achieving this milestone” “Football is big business, consequently, we are keen in ensuring that the clubs see it as such, hence we are promoting it as such. Anything less will be counter productive Mr. Adesanya stated with optimism. Furthermore, Emmanuel declared that the clubs must forward an irrevocable letter of undertaking to complete the league and never to bring it to any form of disrepute. Such he noted must be endorsed by the club owner(s) or sponsor(s) and their state Football Association.

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