Chairmen of clubs in the Globacom Premier League have expressed delight at the proposed payment of appearance fees and offer of prize money to teams participating in the 2009 edition of the Glo Super 4.
They said the initiative if sustained will lead to equitable distribution of sponsorship revenue amongst clubs and the Nigeria Premier League Board. Chairman of Club Owners Association, Davidson Owunmi said that while he is yet to be fully briefed on the package, he is happy with what has been reported in the media. â€œI have just left Abuja and heard that the NPL is not pleased with the position of Globacom to pay the appearance fee directly to the clubs. I do hope they reach an understanding on the matter, but personally, I believe it is good for the clubs and the game because the clubs bear the brunt of organising the players for the leagueâ€, remarked Owunmi.
Chairman of Bayelsa United, Chief Baribote Victor Rumson described the development as â€œsome relief for the clubsâ€. Rumson lamented that the NPL has directed the clubs to cater for their transportation and accommodation in Ilorin. â€œN1m may not solve all our problems but it is a good shot in the arm as we have been left to carry the responsibility of our participation unlike in the past when we were provided accommodation and feeding. We will still plead with the NPL to support us in Ilorinâ€, submitted the chairman of Bayelsa Unite, the reigning Globacom Premier League champions.
Globacom on Monday announced that it has set aside N9m as appearance fees and prize money for the 2009 Glo Super 4 slated for the Ilorin Township Stadium from August 17-22. Each club will receive N1m appearance fee while the Glo Super 4 Champion will cart away N3m. The second and third placed teams will grab N1. 5m and N.5m.