Chairman of the Nigeriaâ€™s Professional League board, Oyuiki Obaseki, has sent words to Heartland and Kano Pillars, describing them as â€œgood ambassadors of the Nigerian league.â€
The two clubs will play in the semi-fin
al of the continentâ€™s biggest club competition, the Champions League. Obaseki said yesterday that humility would not allow him judge himself but expressed happiness that Nigerians are the ones commending the products of the league.
â€œWeâ€™re still learning. But for this (two Nigerian clubs being in the last four of the Champions League) to happen at a time that we are still learning is what people are celebrating and I canâ€™t but join them,â€ Obaseki started in what appeared a short appraisal of his leadership of the league board.
â€œHow many years are we now on board? It may interest you to know that nobody supplied us any information or handed a structure to us when we started. We just started from the middle of the sea.
Nobody handed me any document. But we have carried on and will continue to do our best. For the league to produce two clubs in the last four of the Champions League is worth celebrating. The clubs are our great ambassadors and I want to commend their efforts. The players, the coaches and the owners of the clubs have all made us proud. On our side, we will continue to do our best.
Thereâ€™s insurance for players of the league and that was how families of the players who died during the last season were paid some money. We are now shouldering the medical bills of players and officials of clubs. I think that even the awareness that we have created is a success.
We want to ensure the league improves from day to day. Thatâ€™s why Niger Tornadoes will play their league matches in Kano and 3SC may have to go to Lagos or Abeokuta to play their matches after the U-17 championships. We will continue to learn and hope to get better every season.â€