The brewing crisis in the country’s Premier League may have been nipped in the bud as the warring club managers who go by the name Club Owners may seen reasons with the Nduka Irabor-led League Management Company after a truce meeting called by the football controlling body, the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF.
According to a statement by the acting secretary of the league managers, Alloy Chukwuemeka, the Nigeria Premier League Club Owners said the association was never at any time against positive reforms aimed at transforming the league for better just as it called on all relevant stakeholders in the football circle to support the Nduka Irabor led LMC in their quest to take the league to the next level.
Speaking in Abuja Friday shortly after a peaceful meeting between the NFF and representatives of LMC and Club owners, acting Secretary of club owners, Alloy Chukwuemeka told journalists that the much celebrated rift between the LMC and Clubs was as a result of a mere communication gap and not a disagreement over reform processes as wrongly perceived in some section of the public.
Chukwuemeka who doubles as the General Manager of ABS FC Ilorin added that it was the same club owners who led the revolution that sacked the immediate past board of the league which brought in the LMC and as such could not turn around to be against positive reforms in the system.
He called on the LMC to evolve more proactive innovations aimed at making the NPFL compete favourably amongst other organized leagues of the world just as he advised that club owners should be carried along in all process of the reforms as the biggest stakeholders in the league.
Chukwuemeka commended the Sports Minister, Bolaji Abdulahi, the leadership of the NFF and the entire stakeholders for their understanding and role in bringing positive and peaceful resolutions of the issues as it concerns the League system and assured that “this synergy of our collective efforts would be sustaintained to better our football development.”