21st April, 2013
A planned move to put Nigerian Premier League into another round of crisis has been thwarted by the leadership of Nigeria Football Federation, which ordered Chairmen/Managers of the Nigeria Professional Football League to withdraw their threat to the League Management Committee (LMC) to convene an emergency Congress.
The NFF in a statement issued in Abuja on Saturday, reiterated that the LMC was conceived, constituted and inaugurated by the leadership of the NFF – the nation’s football governing body – and therefore, legitimate.
“The LMC is duly recognised by the NFF and has been keeping to the letter and spirit of its terms of reference, since inauguration. The NFF views any threat to the LMC as an affront, not only to the football federation but to Nigeria football.
“Any person or group of persons purporting to act on behalf of clubs in the Nigeria Professional Football League to, therefore, undermine the authority and legitimacy of the LMC shall be visited with very severe sanctions,” the statement read
The NFF called on the Chairmen/Managers concerned to follow due and acceptable process by channelling their grievances to the Glass House, while observing that nothing should be prompted to disrupt the 2012/2013 League season that has been running excellently, with good organization and absence of violence and brigandage.