KADUNA – Vincent Akinbami, the Co-ordinator, Forum for Better Organised Nigerian League, on Friday in Kaduna advised officials to take appropriate measures to meet global standards in running professional football clubsides.
Akinbami told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that clubs needed to work in line with the five guidelines set by the League Management Committee (LMC).
The Forum Co-ordinator, who is also the Media Officer of Ranchers Bees FC of Kaduna, said this would make for the league to move forward and attract huge sponsorship.
He said the football league in the country was presently in a comatose state due to the absence of planning and adherence to regulations.
“We talk so much about our clubs being run professionally, but we tend to think we can get it right without regulations and ensuring clubs adhere to such regulations.
“We are faced with so many government-owned clubs who are not ready to do things professionally, and even the privately-owned clubs too are not doing anything close to being run professionally.
“It is up to the league boards or management committees to put structures in place which will see these clubs comply and transform into truly professional sides,’’ Akinbami said.
He welcomed the November 2014 date set by the LMC for the issuance of licences to clubs which meet the criteria to participate in the league.
“The club licensing is a welcome idea, but everything depends on how the league boards prepare the clubs ahead of that date.
“For example, November is around the corner, but how many of these clubs can boast of working towards the five requirements?’’ the Forum Co-ordinator said.
The five requirements include the submission of the list of club’s board of directors, financial statement, and tax clearance certificate.
The rest are list of debtors and creditors, and payroll and contract for players and coaches.(NAN)