“Our (Nigerian football) league is on its deathbed”- Sunday Dare
Sunday Dare, the Minister of Youth and Sports Development, has said that the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) is a league that is close to collapse.
Dare stated that the league is currently in disorder, with coaches, players, and referees owing pay and allowances, during the ministerial briefing on Thursday September 15 at the presidential residence in Abuja.
He added that they tried to contact the decision-makers but received no answer. Dare said;
“Between May and August, we did not issue a directive because we wanted the Premier League to complete its season without any disruption. But also, during that period, the ministry made efforts to speak with those in charge. We never got any response.
“As we sit here, our league is on its deathbed. We know the nature of our domestic league. And just yesterday (Wednesday) I got a letter from the club owners. I met with them two weeks ago. I also met with the female football leaders. There’s a letter that came on September 1, I only got it yesterday stating clearly that they have numerous problems with the LMC running the league. Unpaid emoluments, referees are not paid, coaches are not paid.
“So, in May 2022, there was a presidential directive and as a ministry, we applied reasonable judgment and delayed that communication. But at a point when the league ended, and we saw the continuous decline of our football, we thought it was the right time to take the necessary action. And that was what we did. There’s no connection between that decision with the NFF election, it stands alone.”
Dare further disclosed that the Muhammadu Buhari administration gave the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) more than N15 billion.