The Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the League Management Company (LMC) Salihu Abubakar has revealed that appropriate actions will be taken against Remo Stars following reports of attacks on match officials.
He made this known while speaking with journalists on the sidelines of the NPFL/La Liga Under 15 coaching seminar in Abuja.
Abubakar further urged clubs to always accept the result of their matches regardless of where they play.
“If you are good you win no matter where you play. Always accept the result if you lose,” he said.
It will be noted that match officials who officiated the Match Day 3 of the NPFL match between Remo Stars and Bendel Insurance were on Sunday attacked by a fan.
The game played at the Gateway International Stadium, Sagamu which ended 1-1 saw an intruder gaining access to the match officials and unfortunately one of the officials got injured after the center referee disallowed a 88th minute goal scored by Remo Stars.
“We always knew we were going to have a lot of challenges being an abridged league. Every match will always be treated like a final and the clubs will do whatever they have in the matches.
“We also know some of the clubs may also want to do some underhand things and we have been prepared from the beginning. Wait for us for the Shagamu matter. As soon as we have the reports, we will take appropriate action.
“From our side. we will continue to do that but we have to understand that football is a partnership between LMC and the clubs. If the biggest team in the world lose at home, why your team can’t lose at home?” he queried.
Speaking at the event, Chairman of the League Management Company (LMC) Mallam Shehu Dikko, who was represented by 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.
“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.