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Shehu Dikko admits NPFL has fallen below expected standard

The chairman of the League Management Company (LMC) Mallam Shehu Dikko has admitted that the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) has fallen behind in world football standard.

Dikko made this assertion at the Symposium of the FCT Branch of Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), held Wednesday inside the press center of the Moshood Abiola Stadium, Abuja.

“For the first time in for example, we have got experts to value the Nigeria league. Just recently, we were talking with some partners that are trying to come on board, they have to hire expert who value league all over the world.

“From University of Sheffield, they came here took all the data from the clubs, their accounts took from us, they sent to London and they came give us a value based on the account filed by the clubs, this is the value of the league. The value is N88 billion.

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” But at the end of the day, what we crave for is people should be patient with us. I know there are a lot of disappointment. People want things to happen quickly. They’re judging us with what we have achieved before which are not happening now but, at least we know where we’re going, it’s just a matter of and everything will be fine.”

He further tasked NPFL clubs to focus more on producing more players for exportation to Europe than winning laurels.

“It is not just about winning laurels playing tournaments and stuffs like that. No. What is the economic impact of football in this country. How many jobs are we creating? What is our contribution to the GDP at the end of the day,” he asked?

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