Do Not Release Any Money To LMC To Run The League – Baribote Warns FG

Do Not Release Any Money To LMC To Run The League – Baribote Warns FG
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By Amaechi Agbo

The federal government has been advised not to release any money for the Nigeria Professional Football League, NPFL new season,

Former Nigeria Professional League, NPL boss, Runsom Baribote handed the advice in an exclusive interview with our correspondent.

The former Bayelsa United chairman who questioned the rational for the announced date for commencement of the league, wondered how the organisers of the league could start the new season when indemnities of match commissioners and referees are still outstanding.

Barrister Baribote gave the advice in reaction to Nduka Irabor’ plea that the federal government should release money to LMC to run the 2019/20 season.

Mr Irabor in a recent report during was quoted as saying that LMC needs N2.5 billion annually to run the league.

“It is laughable that people like Nduka Irabor are calling on the federal government to fund the league. They said they are the messiahs of the league, but the federal government should not release any money to them.

“They are not competent enough to run the league, they have mismanaged the league. They should all resign and allow new persons with vision to come and rum the league. The federal government should not consider any request from them.

“They should return the league to the owners. When club chairmen were managing the league, it was not this bad. They should revert back to the FIFA rules and give the league back to their owners.

“LMC is not an affiliate of FIFA nor CAF, rather the league is an affiliate of NFF. The rule says all affiliate bodies should be independent to manage their own affairs. That is what we have been doing before and in the course of doing that, we have not gotten it this bad.

“Right now we do not know when the league is starting and where we are headed. The highest bidder wins the league.

“Federal government should not listen to them, they should not give them any kobo. They will still mismanage it. Even if they are to release any money, they should release it to the owners of the league, the club owners,” he said.

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