The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) have revealed plans to give priority to privately owned Nigeria Professional Football League clubs in a bid to cushion the financial after effect of the COVID-19 pandemic, the SportsBay reports.
This was contained in a communique issued after an executive meeting held via video conference on Friday.
The private clubs currently in the top tier football league are Remo Stars, MFM FC and Ifeanyi Ubah.
Remo Stars known as Sky Blue Stars was founded in 2004 by Bet9ja owner, Kunle Soname while MFM known as Olukoya Boys is was founded in 2007 by Mountain of Fire Ministries.
Ifeanyi Ubah nicknamed, Anambra Warriors was founded in 2015 by Sen. Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah
According to the communique, the League Management Company through the NFF will give priority to privately-funded clubs for special funds if the LMC secures any exceptional support and while ensuring that the LMC and NPFL continue to cogitate on the best way forward for the game this season and coming seasons.
The Board received and endorsed the report of a virtual meeting of the League Management Company and NPFL clubs held on Thursday, 23rd April 2020 and at which decisions were taken including commitment to conclude the League season after the COVID-19 and resumption of football activities while also considering the most plausible format for conclusion of the remaining games.
It was also agreed during the meeting the need to continue to communicate with the Clubs and ensure commitment by the clubs to continuous payment of the salaries of their players, coaches and backroom staff under the current circumstances.
Furthermore, following the COVID-19 pandemic, it was agreed that the LMC will arrange testing for all players, coaches and backroom staff (about 1,200 persons in all) before the commencement of matches, with the support of the Federal Ministry of Health and the NCDC.
“In the same vein, the Chairmen of the Nigeria National League, Nigeria Women Football League and Nigeria Nationwide League also presented their projections, with all the three prepared to adjust their programs to align with the 6-8 weeks window agreed with at a virtual meeting of the NFF Board and the Honourable Minister of Sports and Youth Development, Mr. Sunday Dare on Thursday, 16th April 2020,” the communique stated.