Nigeria Football Federation president, Ibrahim Gusau has told the newly-inaugurated Interim Management Committee (IMC) of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) to make the competition better.
Gusau while inaugurating the IMC said it needed to imbue the league with integrity, credibility and a firm hand on management and administration to turn things around for the better.
The NFF President, who inaugurated the IMC at the Federation Secretariat in Abuja, pointed at lack of television broadcasting as one of the major drawbacks of the elite League.
“There is a lot of work to be done by this committee of eminent and respectable persons in Nigerian football, people with the pedigree and real calibre to effect change.
“One of the changes must be to ensure that our league is back on television, and that there is a lot of integrity and credibility to the way and manner it is being administered.
“I have tremendous confidence in the Chairman and members of the committee, that they will justify the confidence reposed in them by the government and people of Nigeria.”
Gusau thereafter presented to the chairman, Gbenga Elegbeleye, the terms of reference of the committee whose tenure is to end after three months.
While responding, Elegbeleye thanked the NFF President and his Executive Committee for the confidence they have proclaimed in the committee.
He assured that the IMC would do its best within the three-month lifespan to put in place building blocks a substantive team will improve on to rejuvenate, upgrade and upscale the NPFL.
“Definitely, we have a lot of problems in the league. We have problems with officiating, lack of television and several other hiccups.
“Our job will be to do a lot to redress these within the short time we have, and we also appeal to the media to ensure credibility in their reporting of the league,” Elegbeleye, a former Director-General of the defunct National Sports Commission (NSC), said.
Elegbeleye, also a former Vice-Chairman of the Youth and Sports Development Committee of the House of Representatives, was inaugurated alongside 13 others.
The others include Paul Bassey, Chairman of Akwa United Football Club, as Vice-Chairman, Davidson Owumi, Chairman of Rangers International Football Club, as Head of Operations.
The other members are Kunle Soname, the proprietor of Remo Stars FC, ex-international Daniel Amokachi, Calvin Onwuka, Aliyu Adamu, a representative of Nigeria Police Force, Danladi Ibrahim and Mohammed Sa’idu. NAN

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