Eight Firms Seek Sponsorship Of Nigeria Premiership League

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Alloy Chukwuemeka

The Executive Secretary of  the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) Club Owners, Mr Alloy Chukwuemeka, says about eight corporate bodies are currently jostling to sponsor the Nigeria Premiership League for the next season.

Mr Chukwuemeka hinted reporters of the development on Wednesday during an interactive session with journalists in Osogbo, at the monthly Sport Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) stakeholders forum tagged “SWAN Platform”.

He said the NPFL Club Owners had received a proposal from the League Management Company (LMC) that the league would begin by first week of December tentatively.

Now Attractive

The NPFL Club Owners Executive Secretary further explained that the proposal would be considered at the Annual General Meeting of the Club Owners.

The General Manager, Abubakar Bukola Saraki Football Club, Ilorin commended the LMC for turning the league around, saying “it is now attractive with many firms lobbying to be part of it.

“The LMC has turned around the league in Nigeria. The league is now attractive, and there are eight firms lobbying to be part of LMC. The LMC has set a standard and that is why lots of firms want to be part of the Nigeria Professional Football League”.

The football administrator while responding to questions on moving football and sports generally forward in the state, insisted that a return to school sports was the only way to identify exceptional talents.

He revealed that the Kwara Football Academy gave ABS FC 10 of its best players every season through a partnership between the two clubs.

The ABS FC Director of Football also recommended community ownership of football clubs, as practiced in other climes based on what he learnt from the LMC organised LaLiga Tour in Spain earlier in the year.

He said: “Immediately I came back from Spain, I went to my village (Ehime Mbano) and I met with my Local Government Chairman and we formed Mbano United. I bought jerseys and balls for the team, because in Spain their clubs are built on their culture. Football community ownership is very important.”

“I will recommend that for us to develop the sporting sector, it is imperative that we re-introduce sports in our schools. This way, new talents can be encouraged and assisted to get to higher heights in this profession”

On the controversy trailing the final Nigeria National League (NNL) match between ABS FC and Gateway FC, Mr Chukwuemeka countered claims that there were few security men at the stadium, maintaining that there were about 78 policemen at the stadium that day.

He condemned the action of the Ogun State Commissioner of Sports who he said ordered Gateway FC players not to play the match, stressing that it contravened the rules guiding the game and operations of the NNL.

Mr Chukwuemeka also expressed the belief that the Nigeria Football Federation would put in everything to ensure that the Super Eagles qualify for the World Cup.

He said not qualifying for Nations Cup back-to-back was still painful and applauded the efforts and impact of Super Eagles coach, Genart Rohr.

Mr Chukwuemeka, who is also a National Officer of Sports Writers Association of Nigeria, thereafter commended Osun SWAN for the Monthly Stakeholders Forum and promised to take the programme to other states across the federation.

Nasarawa SWAN Honours Othman Adams For Sport Development

NasarawaThe Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN) in Nasarawa State, Northcentral Nigeria, has honoured former House Committee Chairman in the State House of Assembly, Mr Othman Adams.

At a Valedictory match in honour of the Sports Icon, Mr. Adams was commended for his contribution in the development of Sports in Nasarawa.

Speaking at the match between SWAN team and Coaches Association in Lafia, the Nasarawa State capital, Mr Adams commended the public and private sector collaboration for the establishment of a Sport Development Fund.

He explained that it would ease the financial burden of the State Government.

The call for the establishment of the fund was also re-emphasized by stakeholders present at the valedictory match.

Channels TV Presenter, Joe Ighile Is Dead

Friday the 8th of February, 2013 was a grim day for the Ighile family, the management and staff of Channels Television, sports journalists, sports authorities and indeed the nation.

It was the day that Channels TV Sports Editor, Joseph Ighile died.

Mr Ighile only just returned from South Africa where he had been covering the on-going 2013 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).

Aged 48 years, the late Ighile was a graduate of the then Bendel State University, now Edo State University, Ekpoma, where he studied English and Literature.

Joe’s sojourn in the media dates back to the early 90’s at the Edo Broadcasting Service (EBS) where he was involved in youth programmes.

He joined Channels Television in 2003 as a reporter/producer and before his death was the head of the sports desk.

A multiple award winner and member of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) media and publicity committee as well as the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), the late Ighile is survived by his wife, Ngozi, and two children; Favour and Mercy.

Joe’s infectious smile, his dedication to work, solid human relations and a positive disposition to life will remain indelible in our hearts and minds.

Burial arrangements will be announced by his family.

May his gentle soul rest in peace.