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Third NPFL/LaLiga U15 Coaching Clinic Lights Up Abuja

Over 60 youth coaches based in Nigeria have converged on the Federal Capital, Abuja to be part of the annual NPFL/LaLiga Youth Coaching Clinic which kicked off on Monday at the Media Centre of the National Stadium, Abuja.

It is a sequel to the progress recorded in the first two editions of the clinic, which have seen over 100 coaches learn new coaching skill sets. Contents to be shared will include advanced technical aspects of the Spanish methodology on how to develop young talents, which will be a continuation of level 1(foundational) and 2 (intermediate) training from the highly successful first and second editions.

Speaking at the event, Chairman of the League Management Company (LMC) Mallam Shehu Dikko, who was represented by the Chief Operating Officer of the LMC, Salihu Abubakar, pointed out the importance of the third edition while also stressing that gaining more knowledge should be paramount on the minds of the participants.

“We are happy that this clinic has come to this stage, the advanced level. Of course, this is the third one; we had the foundational in 2017 and intermediate module in 2018. LaLiga has placed so much importance to this training and that is why they have brought two of their best tutors for this project. With the sharing of their methodology with us, it will help in synchronizing our philosophy that will be the envy of everyone elsewhere,” he stated.

Abubakar also expressed his delight following the progress made as results are already showing with the progression of players who passed through the initial NPFL U15 Future Promises Tournament from their youth clubs to their various professional clubs.

For Managing Director, LaLiga Nigeria, Javier Del Rio, the reward of the partnership between NPFL and Spanish League is evident as there is notable progress made since the partnership was signed between both leagues. Del Rio also urged participants to be serious and take full advantage of the advanced course.

LMC Chief Operating Officer, Salihu Abubakar and LaLiga officials pose with the participants

“I encourage you to make the best of the course to your advantage. The trainers we have here have a lot of experience, so ask as many questions as you wish and also pay full attention to all they have to teach. The potential of football in terms of the huge talents in Nigeria is bigger than probably any other place in the world; the talent here is unlimited. So you are the ones to properly train them to be future stars,” Del Rio pointed out.

Jose Angel Garcia and Juanjo Guerra will be in charge of the clinic which is expected to run for the next five days and will precede the annual NPFL U15 Future Promises Tournament.

The NPFL-LaLiga partnership was signed in 2016 and has since recorded a number of exchange projects between the two leagues, including a tour of Spain by an NPFL All-Star team, and the opening of the LaLiga Nigeria office in Abuja.

NFF Endorsed NPFL New Season Commences 13th January 2019

The Nigeria Football Federation has advised the League Management Company (LMC) to ensure the commencement of the 2018/2019 season not later than 13th January 2019.

This was contained in a statement the NFF Emergency Committee released on Friday, in reaction to letters received from Clubs that qualified for the Super 8 Tournament of the Nigeria National League that their teams are depleted and therefore, they do not have enough personnel to prosecute the Super 8 as earlier scheduled, which would have enabled the NPFL to commence on 30th December 2018

The three Clubs that showed up in Aba as directed would each receive a compensation of the sum of N2,000,000 each, while the matter of the five that failed to show up would be referred to the relevant NFF committee to deal with.

The full statement:

Following the directive to the eight Clubs qualified for the Super 8 Tournament of the Nigeria National League to proceed to Aba for the tournament, we received letters from Clubs to the effect that they presently do not have enough players to prosecute the tournament. Apparently, most Clubs in the country’s Leagues sign a good number of their players for only one season. These personnel appear to have floated to other Clubs in search of greener pastures.

In view of the above, and the contrite tone of their letters, the Emergency Committee has opted to allow the affected Clubs two (2) weeks to recruit players to beef up their playing personnel, after which they will then prosecute the Super 8. The NNL should therefore pick new dates not later than 3rd January for the tournament.

In the meantime, the matter relating to the five (5) affected Clubs will be referred to the relevant NFF committee to deal with while the three (3) Clubs that showed up in Aba as directed will each be paid compensation of the sum of N2,000,000 (Two Million Naira Only).

The League Management Company (LMC) ie hereby advised to ensure the commence of the NPFL 2018/2019 Season, not later that 13th January 2019.

GO Round FC’s Shadrack Oghali Goes Absent Without Leave

According to Go Round FC, their striker, Shadrack Oghale has left the club without permission and we bring this to public notice knowing that agents could be trying to take him away to other clubs illegally.

Shadrack Oghale left the club’s camp on July 8, 2018 and has not been seen since then or heard from.

His salary has been paid up until the end of June 2018 and we use this medium to inform whoever he is currently romancing with that they should be mindful of the rules that bind him to Go Round FC and that we are not indebted to him.

Shadrack Oghale

We have already written to the League Management Company, LMC on this so this acts as a public notice that our player, contractually bound to us has left the team without any information.

LMC Announces Indefinite Postponement Of NPFL Resumption

The League Management Company (LMC) Monday announced an indefinite suspension of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) which was scheduled to resume from the World Cup break on Wednesday, July 18.

A letter informing the clubs of the decision attributed the suspension of the league to prevailing adverse circumstances in the administration of football in the country.

Victor Alegbe of Wikki Tourists tackles Christian Madu of Rangers

The letter signed by the Chief Operating Officer, Salihu Abubakar and addressed to all the participating 20 clubs read in part:

“Kindly be informed that the League Management Company (LMC) has reached a decision to postpone the resumption of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) indefinitely.

“The decision is based on the current adverse circumstances in the administration of football in the country as a result of which sponsors, partners and service providers have expressed strong concerns and are reviewing their involvement in the league

Enyimba United FC Vs Akwa United FC

“There is therefore the need to engage them further in this regard in order to mitigate against any possible adverse outcome. Furthermore, organizing matches of the NPFL under the current circumstances might cause irreversible damage to the League brand”, the statement noted.

The letter further explained to the clubs that a major partner with whom negotiation had been concluded and approved at the last annual general meeting of the LMC in Port Harcourt on May 28, 2018 has requested for the suspension of the execution of the contract as a result of the on-going challenges in national football administration.

LMC Mourns Udoji, To Honour Late Player on Match Day 10

The League Management Company (LMC) has sympathised with the Management and players of Kano Pillars FC on the death of their Center back, Chinedu Udoji and directed that a minute silence be observed in honour of the fallen star during match day 10 fixtures this weekend. It also asked players to wear black armbands during the match to mourn the late player.

Udoji died in a fatal motor accident in Kano on his way home from visiting former team mates at the camp of Enyimba International after the Match Day 9 1-1 draw with Kano Pillars.

“We are saddened by the news of Chinedu Udoji’s death, he was such a dedicated player and an asset to the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL)”, said Shehu Dikko in a statement.

He recalled that the late Udoji captained the NPFL All-stars team on the LaLiga tour in 2015, noting that his leadership qualities was such that endured team discipline and cohesion.

Chinedu Udoji

“The LMC commiserates with the Management and players of Kano Pillars on this untimely death of Udoji.

“We sympathize with the immediate family of the late player and pray that his soul repose peacefully”, Dikko remarked.

Udoji joined Kano Pillars at the start of the 2016/17 season from Enyimba where he was captain for over five seasons. He was in the squad that drew 1-1 with Enyimba on Sunday evening.

LMC Partners MEDICAID in Fight Against Cancer

A Non Governmental Organisation (NGO), Medicaid Cancer Foundation on Tuesday has enlisted the support of the League Management Company (LMC) in their campaign to eliminate Cancer and assist patients.

Founder of Medicaid and wife of Kebbi State Governor, Dr. Zainab Shinkafi-Bagudu, said during a courtesy visit to the LMC Office in Abuja that Medicaid is soliciting technical assistance from the league body to organize a charity tournament to raise awareness for the fight against cancer. She and her entourage were received by the LMC team led by the Chairman, Shehu Dikko

She explained that Medicaid elected to partner the LMC in recognition of the power of that football as a platform that can drive the message on Cancer prevention and cure to every part of the country.

“We want to organise a football tournament in Abuja on Saturday, 21st October 2017, and our target is to use football which enjoys mass appeal cutting across tribe, gender and age to help spread the message about cancer and facilitate our reach to near and remote places,” Shinkafi-Bagudu said.

In his response to the visitors, Dikko offered the assurance of technical and human support to the NGO for a successful organization of the tournament consistent with its corporate social responsibility objectives of supporting humanitarian efforts and positive engagement with the community.

LMC Chairman, Shehu Dikko and Founder of Medicaids Cancer Foundation, Dr. Zainab Shinkafi-Bagudu during her visit to the LMC Office.

“We see this as our corporate social responsibility to support members of the community with health challenges and we hope to drive this campaign with Her Excellency. We will work with your organization to ensure that all goes well and the message on the fight against cancer is well spread,” Dikko said.

The LMC has through the VAT Wonder Goal award for players in the just concluded season offered financial supports to 15 Charity organizations nominated by players who won the award. This the league did to promote club and community engagement and also assist the Charity homes.

The LMC has also through its media platforms and match venue communications consistently campaigned for the unity of the country and for awareness on AIDS and HIV scourge

LMC, NTA Sign Broadcast Production Agreement

A broadcast production agreement was on Thursday in Abuja signed by the League Management Company (LMC) and the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) for production of matches of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).

The papers were signed by the LMC Chairman Shehu Dikko and Mallam Yakubu Ibn Muhammed, the Director General of NTA.

An official statement jointly signed by the heads of the two organisations indicate that the LMC and NTA would be setting up a private sector driven company to manage the business of the broadcast production.

According to the statement, “the company which shall be operated as a private, commercial venture will leverage its operations on the huge infrastructure, technical and human capacity and equipment of NTA spread across the country. The equipment includes very high grade eight Outside Broadcast (OB) Vans specially designed for football and sports coverage, which had been acquired by the Federal Government at huge cost”.
It marks a new vista in the management of broadcast content in the annals of professional football league in the country as hitherto; broadcast right holders have also produced the games. However, in the new dispensation, the LMC treading the path of some European football leagues such as the English Premier League and Spanish LaLiga, is aiming to control the production and distribution of broadcast content across all media including live streaming, terrestrial and cable platforms.

This landmark venture has been facilitated and strongly supported by the Federal Government of Nigeria represented by the Honourable Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed. It is a culmination of strategic engagement initiated by LMC officials with the Minister of Information and Culture seeking to deploy the vast equipment procured by the Federal Government on behalf of NTA for past FIFA tournaments hosted by Nigeria. NTA also enjoys a robust network spread in the country with stations in every state capital and which the LMC hopes to leverage on to take the NPFL to the homes of millions of Nigerians in cities and rural communities.

Dikko, at the ceremony, explained that LMC will towards meeting modern broadcast standards, assist NTA to upgrade the OB Van equipment to ensure that contents produced will be globally competitive.

photo credit: LMC Media

“The operation of the company, as envisaged will rely on the services of international technical partners and domestic expertise to provide the much needed vehicle for the production of high quality programmes and events for broadcast in the sports and entertainment industries. This model is in keeping with proven international best practices in sports content production, distribution and broadcast”, the two organizations declared in their joint statement.

Continuing, they gave an assurance that “As from the next season of NPFL, Nigerians are, therefore, assured of the enjoyment of high quality football matches to be produced by the independent media services company for distribution, sales and broadcast across all media platforms on a domestic and global basis.

Dikko noted that the production company will serve national objectives as it is not be restricted to just football or sports production but such other industries like entertainment and cultural, political and business events in general.

“All over the world, countries develop because they have a standard production broadcast company with capacity to serve not just the sporting industry but also the entertainment industry. We are delighted that the Federal Government, through the Ministry of Information, has backed this project and we look further to other fantastic partnerships”, the LMC Chairman concluded.

“For us, this is just another step for NTA to stamp its authority as the biggest broadcast network in Africa. We have the widest reach and sports, especially football is a big industry, and we are happy to be in partnership with the LMC and NFF”, Muhammed said.

Also in attendance at the event which held inside the Conference Hall of NTA were the General Secretary of the NFF, Dr. Sanusi Mohammed, Director-General of the NTA, Chief Operating Officer of the LMC, Mallam Salihu Abubakar, Samson Ebomhe, Legal Adviser to LMC and other top management staff of the NTA.