"The Strength of Nigerian Football is Dependent on the Vitality of the Domestic League", says Dare
July, 8 2022.
_Identifies governance structure, club licensing and steady calendar as drivers for investment_
Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Hon. Sunday Dare has stated that the domestic league is the fulcrum that would give vitality to Nigerian football.
In a chat in Abuja, the minister made reference to the working model of a robust league as a critical component of football vitality in any country.
Dare emphasized the need for enforcing club licensing, governance and welfare of players as demands needed for growth.
The sports minister said "We have good laws governing the league but we need to be firm on their enforcement. Look at what Samuel Eto'o is doing at Cameroon. We have these laws, we need to enforce them. If we must take bank guarantees to ensure players payment are secured, then we should do that. We know that State Governments are the owners of these clubs but there must be ways out of these"
"In my speech at the NFF AGM I in 2019, I mentioned that there is no league without a proper calendar, this is needed to gain the trust of investors, consistency is key, taking a cue from the EPL and others. Organizations also have budget cycles and this would help them plan", he added.
Dare said before the start of the 2021/2022 season, there would be a roundtable with all League stakeholders to find ways around issues holding down the league, through engagements and implementation of tough decisions to help the league grow.