By Eddie Akalonu
Former Nigeria Football League, NFL board-member, Sani Usman has called on the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF to quickly resolve niggling conflict between clubs and the Nigeria League management Company.
He made the call on the heels of failed attempts at forging an agreement between the club owners and the management committee.
Alhaji Usman, who was also a past chairman of premier side, Kano Pillars reminded NFF of the need to invoke it’s rules in a manner that is reasonable, stating that, “if an NFF action is the cause of current crisis rocking football, for sake of peace, let NFF retrace it’s steps to calm nerves, in addition to ensuring smooth running of the game, mutual understanding and for progress. Role conflict in management of the Nigeria professional league is the issue, as restive club managers and proprietors have raised arguments against the legality of the top hierarchy called LMC.”
Continuing, The former NFL board-member,who advised parties to the dispute not to under-estimate or overlook issues raised on all sides. He took a guess into why acrimony runs in the veins of parties.
“Obviously, there are people in the LMC who the clubs see as alien to them in football affairs. That is understandable. But it beholds on NFF to do a good job of marketing it’s views and intentions to stakeholders in a manner not seen as an imposition. So. NFF should still continue process of dialogue with parties, listen to their grievances, sell it’s own position to those not convinced yet until it can find an acceptable solution,” he said.
Alhaji Sani observed there was a marked contrast in personnel and role between the current LMC board and then NFL board saying that “ it was the clubs who in 2003 in agreement with NFA, and the honourable Minster, nominated the members who ensured the introduction of the Premier league in operation now. Clubs supported that board to succeed and that was why the premier league took off smoothly and stayed even to date.
“We need a board to run the league in the same manner that clubs must be there for the league to make reasonable sense and impact,” he said, adding “but such board in my view should be acceptable to the clubs for football to move to the next level.”