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Challenges before new NPL Chairman Davidson Owumi

We need more money from Globacom league sponsorship deal , Club owners

By Richard Animam
With the arrival of the Davidson Owumi led NPL board, it would be right to say it is a new dawn.       A new dawn for some reasons.

First,  a former player with sound knowledge of the game is taking charge of football at the league level  for the first time, since the professional league started in 1990. Alot of encomiums have poured in since Owumi emerged  as NPL chairman.

Sports administrators and some notable football fans are singing the praise of the former striker and there are a lot of expectations owing to the fact that many football followers and administrators  hold the view that Owumi has what it takes to bring some measure of development to the league. But the question on the lips of club administrators is can he put smile on the face of local clubs who have over the years  cried out over the poor remuneration they get from the sponsorship deal from Globacom. This is a million naira question.

The Obaseki led board did bring some innovations to the league but it was like scratching the surface. They failed to ensure that clubs get a fair share of the sponsorship deal, a situation that saw some club managers cry out. Owumi was a key member of the last board and many believe continuity will do the league a world of good.

Felix Anyansi Agwu, chairman of Enyimba FC, two-time winners of the prestigious CAF Champions League, believes a lot is expected especially with regards to  amount clubs get from the sponsorship deal from communications giants-Globacom.  Prior to the exit of former NPL chairman, Inside The Glo Premier League did ask Anyansi how much Enyimba gets from NPL and how much they spend in prosecuting league matches.

“Trying to put cost to our prosecution of the league is very difficult, especially if one compares the cost for prosecuting two matches, say one in Maiduguri and the other in Port Harcourt.

Accommodation and transportation cost  differs in these places, not to mention cost for feeding the players, officials and security. Yes, we pay for security.  We pay the locals to ensure that we are not harmed or assaulted. We are not supposed to this, but we are at the mercy of the locals, should they decide to attack us.

Due to the logistics involved we spend so much in ensuring that we play these matches but at the end what do we get from the NPL. It is nothing compared to what we spend. There is the need for the NPL to increase the percent that is given to clubs from the sponsorship deal”, he said.

Executive Director, Ondo State Football Agency Mike Idoko  shares Anyansi ‘s view, stating that clubs need more sponsorship money to be able to  do well in the league.  “The state government alone cannot carry the burden. We need sponsors to take some of these burdens off the state government. I believe in Owumi and the new board members.

Owumi is well read and has successfully managed a club outside his state and was a key member of the last board.
“I am  confident that he will do well and clubs will be better for it”, Idoko said.


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