Poor officiating and lack of integrity are bane of Nigerian league, say club owners at meeting with Gusau 

Poor officiating and lack of integrity are bane of Nigerian league, say club owners at meeting with Gusau 
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The appalling state of Nigerian football clubs came to light at the weekend with the defeats inflicted on four teams at the continent.

The drab picture was highlighted as club owners had a meeting with the latest supremo at the NFF, Ibrahim Musa Gusau.

According to a release by the NFF, it was resolved that there is an urgent need to institute a better –packaged, fulfilling and more fruitful Nigeria Professional Football League that will germinate a more beneficial football economy for all stakeholders.

 The club owners collectively maintained that the NPFL has suffered serious problems in the past six years and identified, among others, lack of sponsorship, no TV broadcast and poor officiating as the causes of the dwindling league.

Other reasons identified are insufficient funding. lack of match integrity which led to matches being won on the basis of highest bidder as well as poor remuneration of match officials and huge indebtedness.

Poor Infrastructure as well as incompetent administrators

As well as the absence of prize money for winners are other reasons given for the appalling Nigerian football league.

The Club Owners charged the NFF President and his Board to critically look into the aforementioned areas of concern and restructure the Nigeria Professional Football League in line with international best practices.

They called on the NFF President to set up a small committee of football experts to look into the former League Management Committee (LMC) and the current Interim Management Committee (IMC) and come up with a functional governance structure to drive the NPFL for the good and development of football in Nigeria and for the benefit of all major football stakeholders.

The club owners appealed to the NFF President to inaugurate the present IMC as appointed by the Federal Government through the  Minister for Youth and Sports Development,  Sunday Dare but with a short tenure.

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