The Board of the League Management Company Ltd (LMC) says its attention has been drawn to a media release from the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development (FMYSD) to the effect that the Federal Government has declared the LMC “illegal”, urging stakeholders to remain calm while it engages the Ministry in conjunction with the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).
In a statement, the league organiser said: ” the LMC Ltd wishes to call for calm from all its participating clubs, sponsors and partners and stakeholders as it will in conjunction with NFF be engaging the FMYSD to provide clarifications to ensure all parties are on the same page and keep acting within the realm of its authority. Fundamentally, the protection of the integrity of the NPFL which the LMC Ltd has been toiling over the last decade to build in spite of the challenges is most paramount at all times”.
It said the statement is only being issued for the sake of good order, stability of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) and the participating clubs, the LMC current and potential sponsors, and indeed the entire Nigerian Football stakeholders to clarify and set matters straight for the records.
The LMC board also expressed distress at seeing the FYMSD coming up with the public statement/position without first engaging the LMC/NFF to discuss any concern or information regarding the LMC Ltd so as to hear from the other side and enable it to come to a balanced position based on facts and law.
“It is LMC’s belief that had this simple fundamental procedure and legal step of fair hearing been done, there would have absolutely been no need or basis for the FMYSD position and or statement”, the statement argued.
The LMC insisted :”There is absolutely no court order or proceedings declaring the LMC as illegal. Likewise, there is no challenge in any court to the legal status of LMC.”