23rd December, 2012
Aminu Maigari, the Chairman of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) on Sunday said the interim board of the Nigeria Premier League (NPL) would be inaugurated on 27 December.
The 13-man interim committee was set-up last week to oversee the management of the NPL pending fresh elections into the board.
Maigari, however, told NAN that the committee’s other mandate would be to study thoroughly the present situation of the league and come out with a suitable date for the kickoff.
“No matter the circumstances, the kickoff must definitely be after the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).
“There were suggestions that the kickoff be fixed for 16 January.
“Some have said it was too far while some also observed that it was too close but I set up the committee to thorough study of the situation and come back with good advice,” he added.
The committee will also review all contractual obligations of the NPL including sponsorships and TV rights, developing new standards to improve the welfare of players.
They will also develop new strategies to drive the league toward profitability.
The committee, which was approved at the NFF congress on Dec. 13 in Port Harcourt to fill the gap left by the expelled board led by Victor Baribote will be headed by Nduka Irabor.
Other members of the committee include, former Super Eagles’ captain, Nwankwo Kanu, NPL Sec-Gen., Tunji Babalola, Mike Enahoro, Shehu Dikko, Mrs Modele Sarafa-Yusuf, Abubakar Nuhu Dan Buran and Kunle Elebute.
Others are Mike Idoko, the Manager of Sunshine Stars FC of Akure, Mallam Salisu Abubakar, a former Sec.-Gen. of the NPL, Sabo Babayaro, the Chairman of Kaduna United FC and Seyi Akinwunmi, Chairman of Lagos State FA, as well as Ifeanyi Dike.