LMC introduction, my greatest achievement, says ex-sports minister

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ABUJA – Alhaji Bolaji Abdullahi, the immediate past Minister of , said on Wednesday the introduction of the Management Company (LMC) was one of greatest achievements.

Abdullahi, who said this in Abuja in an interview with newsmen, said the introduction of the National Youth (NYG) was also one of success stories.

“The style of recruiting the managers of the Nigeria Professional Football (NPFL) where club managers come together at Annual General Meeting elect the managers, necessitated the introduction of LMC.’’

He said the anomalies such as poor quality of play, rule of the , lack of sponsorship and funding quickened the NPFL restructuring.

“It was clear the of recruiting the managers of the league was faulty.

“When you have club managers coming together in an annual convention elect people who manage the league, then you know things were wrong.

“There is nowhere in the world where this is still happening in the 21st century, especially when you are talking about orientation.

“So, what we did was first of all introduce this orientation because the league is a great source of revenue and employer of ,’’ Abdullahi said.

He further said that the desire to have a formidable national team and the desire to empower the youth also contributed to give birth to the LMC.

“It is not about bringing the LMC; it’s about improving the league.

“What realised is that we cannot hope to have a good national team if we don’t have a good national league.

“Again, the Federal was committed to creating for to work and realise that you cannot do that unless the system works well,’’ he said.

“The league that met when assumed office was not the kind of league that could deliver on the expectations of Nigerians,” Abdullahi said.

“Things were really bad in terms of quality of play, the rule of the , sponsorship and funding; a whole lot of things were wrong,’’ he said.

The LMC was inaugurated on December 27, 2012 to reposition the NPFL. (NAN)