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Chairman of the League Management Company (LMC), Shehu Dikko has ruled out the presentation prize money or any other cash rewards for winners of the on-going NPFL/Laliga U-15 Promises Tournament in Nigeria. 

He made this known at a recent press conference while fielding questions on the impact of the partnership between the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) and the Spanish League (Laliga).

“The winners of this competition will not be going home with prize money, or any form of cash rewards; it exposes them at this level, to some hazards and deprives them of focus in their career”, remarked the LMC boss.

He explained that honouring such winners which brings some recognition is the best way to reward youths of this category, as it would spur them to pursue their career with great focus and diligence.

“When they get honoured and recognized, they are highly motivated  and focused, and the hunger for more glory would naturally set in”, Dikko posited.


It would be recalled that Governments at various levels in the past have given cash rewards and landed property to under aged who won at international championships, a reward system Dikko disagrees with but supports investment in bonds and award of scholarship as a profound character and career  building instrument at this level of their career. 

“Making investments through bonds and scholarship would greatly benefit them later in life, than giving cash rewards for winning championships”, Dikko argued.

The final of the 2019 edition of the NPFL/ Laliga U-15 Promises Tournament comes up on Sunday 28th April, between Kwara United FC and Katsina United FC. It will however be preceded by a third place play-off between Delta Force FC and Sunshine Stars FC. Both matches will be played at 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm respectively, at the FIFA Goal Project, Package ‘B’ area of the Abuja National Stadium

Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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