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The Nigerian football league is on its deathbed

The Nigerian football league is on its deathbed

Youth and Sports Development Minister Sunday Dare has described the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) as a league on its deathbed.

Speaking at the ministerial briefing at the presidential villa, Abuja on Thursday, September 15, Dare noted that the league is currently in a state of disarray, with coaches, players and referees facing salaries and allowances.

He also said they made efforts to speak to officials but never received a response. Dare said;

“Between May and August we did not issue a directive as we wanted the Premier League to complete their season without any disruption. But also during this period the department made efforts to speak with those responsible. We did not we never got an answer.

“As we sit here, our league is on its deathbed. We know the nature of our national championship. And just yesterday (Wednesday) I received a letter from the owners of the club. I met them two weeks ago. I also met the leaders of women’s football. There is a letter that arrived on September 1st, I only received it yesterday clearly stating that they have many problems with the LMC who run the league. Unpaid emoluments, referees are not paid, coaches are not paid.

“So in May 2022 there was a presidential directive and as a department we applied reasonable judgment and delayed that communication. But at a time when the league ended and we saw the continued decline of our football, we thought it was a good time to take the necessary action. And that’s what we’ve done. There is no connection between this decision and the election of the NFF, it is independent.

Dare also disclosed that the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) had received over N15 billion from the Muhammadu Buhari administration.

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