The Nigeria Football Federation has emphasized that the Interim Management Committee (IMC) of the Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL), led by Hon. Gbenga Elegbeleye, will be allowed to complete its mission before any decision on a board for the NPFL is made.
“Let me once more commend the IMC for the great job it is doing to reposition the elite division of our domestic League. We are enamoured by the way and manner the Board has gone about its mandate and everyone can see the transparency, probity and seriousness the members have attached to their tasks.
“The IMC will remain in office to complete their tenure as extended by the NFF a couple of months ago. Afterwards, the NFF Executive Committee will meet to decide on the best way forward. However, new Boards of the Nigeria National League, Nigeria Women Football League and the Nigeria Nationwide League One will be constituted within the next one month,” President of NFF, Alhaji Ibrahim Musa Gusau said yesterday.
It will be recalled that prior to the league kick-off on January 8, Elegbeleye had hinted that the vision is to see players earn well, a situation that would see them remain at home instead of rushing to play in obscure countries.
He promised that the league body would ensure a violence-free atmosphere at all venues where the safety of fans and officiating officials would be guaranteed.
It can also be recalled that on 21st October 2022, the committee was inaugurated by the NFF President, with an initial mandate of three months, and a number of terms of reference aimed at engendering a new life generally for Nigeria’s elite division.
The committee replaced the old League Management Company (LMC) last year.
In January this year, the mandate was extended till the end of the current NPFL Season, which is 31st May 2023.