June, 16 2023.
_Tops IMC Achievements - Elegbeleye
As the Interim Management Committee (IMC) continue to receive accolades for a very successful organization of the 2022/23 Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL) abridged season, the Interim league body says the coast is now cleared for them to submit their report to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) on Monday.
Chairman of the IMC, Hon. Gbenga Elegbeleye while dropping the hint gave an insight to the report, when he said having fulfilled their mandate of running the league from August to May, and to be at par with the CAF calendar; it's now down to the NFF to decide on the future of the league.
While some plaudits have advocated the continuation of the abridged format, others want the league to return to it's usual 38-match unified format.
Elegbeleye said as owners of the league, the NFF has the final say on the format to be adopted, the dissolution of the IMC, extension of the mandate of the IMC, constituting an elected board to run the League among other key decisions that should be made, without further delay.
"Already we have proposed August 26 and 27, 2023 as date for the commencement of the new season; we will want payers welfare to get more attention; and clubs, especially those that will play on the continent to upgrade their squads, facilities, in line with FIFA and CAF club licensing regulations", the IMC Chairman said.
He projected a minimum of N1 million Naira as salary for players in the top flight; but said the NFF, NPFL and the management of the 20 clubs will have to agree on this, for it to take effect. www.ckdmediang reports.
Recounting the achievements of the IMC, Hon. Elegbeleye listed the return of Cable Satellite Television coverage for the NPFL, the unprecedented N100 million dolled out as prize money to winners of the NPFL; the endorsement received from legendary players like Segun Odegbami, Samson Siasia, Tarila Okorowata, Victor Ikpeba ,Victor Ezeji; who were at the MJA to watch matches during the very competitive Super Six, as huge.
He also made reference to the regime of points deduction that helped a great deal in stemming the ugly incidents of crowd violence and hooliganism at match venues in the past; prompt payment of indemnities and other allowances, due referees and other match officials, as well as the N10 million given to each of the 20 clubs, as outstanding gains made by the IMC.