Nearly 20 police officers have taken over the League Management Company (LMC) office in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.
This comes about a week after the federal government withdrew LMC’s recognition as an operator of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).
Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, Ismaila Abubakar, announced on Friday the withdrawal of recognition by the LMC government.
He explained that the decision was made in light of several bad incidents with the management of the football league.
“This decision was made necessary due to the obvious derogation (contrary to our football statutes or the laws of the country) for which a private company is in charge of managing or directing the league indefinitely, without the full involvement and guidance of the club and without any process to monitor the progress and development of the game, “the note reads. “As a result, and to save our national football from total collapse, the LMC Board and the LMC as a body would no longer be recognized by the Federal Government as the operator of the Nigerian Football League. professional.
“In order to avoid further chaos in our domestic football, it is recommended that the NFF immediately revoke the license granted to the LMC and in the meantime establish an Interim Management Committee (IMC), which includes the current Chief Executive and the Director of Operations Officer of the LMC to oversee the affairs of the league until a proper Professional League Board of Directors is formed through the NFF Bylaws,” Abubakar said.