Dare asks for structure, club license and regular schedule

The Nigerian Minister of Youth Development and Sports, Hon. Sunday Dare said the national league, Nigeria Professional Football League, NPFL, is the linchpin that would give vitality to Nigerian football, and said league stakeholders must do what is necessary to make it attractive.

During a conversation in Abuja, the minister referred to the working model of a robust league as an essential part of the vitality of football in any country, but which is non-existent in the NPFL.Dare on Sunday


Dare highlighted the need to enforce club licensing, governance and player welfare as necessary demands for the growth of the NPFL.

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“We have good laws governing the league, but we have to be firm in enforcing them. Look what Samuel Eto’o is doing in Cameroon. We have these laws, we have to enforce them,” the sports minister said.

“If we need to take bank guarantees to ensure that payment from players is secure, then we should do that. We know that state governments are the owners of these clubs, but there must be ways out.

Dare added: “In my speech at the NFF AGM in 2019, I mentioned that there is no league without a proper schedule. This is necessary to gain investor confidence, consistency is key. , taking inspiration from the EPL and others. Organizations also have budget cycles and that would help them plan.”

Dare said that before the start of the next NPFL season, there would be a roundtable with all League stakeholders to find ways to address the issues that are keeping the league together, through commitments and implementation. making tough decisions to help the league grow.

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