Nigerian Football Federation President Alhaji Ibrahim Musa Gusau applauded the Nigerian Professional Football League Interim Management Committee for their efforts to reposition the Nigerian League, following the conduct of the Draw for the new season in Abuja on Wednesday.
In the colorful ceremony held inside the press conference room of the Sandralia Hotel, the 20 NPFL teams were calibrated into two different groups for the purpose of the abbreviated season of the League, already approved by the NFF.
“Let me say clearly that the NFF is pleased with the efforts of the IMC headed by the Hon. Gbenga Elegbeleye has been doing to rebrand and reposition the NPFL since its inauguration. The NFF congratulates the IMC President and all its members on the successful pre-season tournament that took place at the beginning of the month, and also on the update of this Draw Ceremony.
“The commitment to crafting changes that will deliver a vibrant Nigerian League and a viable football economy in the country remains as strong as ever. The NFF will continue to provide the necessary support to the IMC to meet its terms of reference with great success,” said Gusau. He was represented at the event by the NFF Director of Communications, Mr. Ademola Olajire.
The Honorable Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Chief Sunday Dare, was represented by his Chief of Staff, Alhaji Abba Abdullahi Yola.
IMC President Br. Gbenga Elegbeleye revealed that the organizers have secured a sponsor to pay the match officials’ severance payments for the next three years, and the payments will be made directly from the company to the appointed match officials.
“We are committed to eradicating the discomfort of indebtedness with the referees, which compromises them and lowers their morale to do the right thing.
“IMC also increased the season winner’s prize to the sum of N100 million, which is a hundred percent increase compared to what was previously in effect.”
The Draw Ceremony grouped the 20 teams into two groups A and B, with Matchday 1 set for January 8, 2023.
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