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FG scraps NPFL’s League Management Company

FG scraps NPFL’s League Management Company

The Federal Government on Friday scrapped the League Management Company (LMC) managing the Nigeria Professional Football League.

To this end, the federal government also ordered the Nigeria Football Federation to withdraw the LMC license and set up an Interim Management Committee to oversee the league.

The directive was contained in a press statement issued on Friday by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Ismaila Abubakar.

According to the federal government, the decision became imperative after a competent court of jurisdiction declared the League Management Company an illegal body.

The statement read, “In view of the several unpleasant incidents regarding the management of the Football League, specifically, the declaration of the National Football League (NFL) as an illegal body by the Court; the status of the League Management Company (LMC), the NFL’s successor-in-title being outside the purview of the Statutes of the NFF; the Federal Government is constrained to withdraw its recognition of the LMC as the operator of the Nigeria Professional Football League, with immediate effect.

“This decision has become necessary because of the obvious aberration (which is at variance with our football statutes or the laws of the land) whereby a private company is gifted the mandate to manage or run the league indefinitely, without the full involvement of and leadership by the clubs, and devoid of any process to monitor the progress and development of the game.

“Sequel to the above, and in order to rescue our domestic football from total collapse, the BOARD OF THE LMC AND THE LMC AS A BODY WOULD NO LONGER BE RECOGNISED BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AS OPERATOR OF THE NIGERIAN PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE.

“To avert further chaos in our domestic football, the NFF is advised to immediately withdraw the Licence given to the LMC and, in the meantime, set up an Interim Management Committee (IMC), to include the current Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer of the LMC to oversee the affairs of the League until a proper Professional League Board is constituted in accordance with the Statutes of the NFF.”

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CAF postpones 2024 Women’s AFCON, announces new date

CAF launches $100m Super League

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has announced dates for the CAF TotalEnergies African Cup of Nations (AFCON) and the Women African Cup of Nations (WAFCON) billed for Morocco.

CAF Executive Committee ratified the dates at a meeting on Friday and published them on its website, with AFCON scheduled for Dec. 21 2025 to Jan. 18, 2026.

The Women’s tournament which was scheduled for this year has now been postponed to hold from July 5 to July 26, 2025.

The President of CAF, Patrice Motsepe said the delay in the announcement of the dates was due to the extensive global football calendar.

He is, however, hopeful that the tournaments in Morocco would be the best in the continent’s history.

“The announcement of the dates of the CAF TotalEnergies AFCON Morocco 2025 took much longer than expected, as there were complex and at times challenging discussions with various interested parties, in the light of the extensive International and Domestic Match Calendars.

CAF is committed to protecting and advancing the interests of African players, playing in football clubs in Europe and worldwide.

“CAF is also committed to building mutually beneficial relationships with the ECA, UEFA, other Football Confederations and FIFA.

“We will continue to make significant progress in developing and ensuring that African Football is globally competitive and amongst the best in the World,” Mosepe said

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NFF fixes date for 2024 President Federation cup final

The final of the 2024 President Federation Cup will be held at the Moshood Abiola Stadium, Abuja on Saturday, June 29.

The Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, announced on Wednesday that the men’s and women’s final will be played on the same day.

The women’s final will begin at 1pm while the men’s final will commence at 4pm, as has been the tradition for so many years now.

Meanwhile, the quarter-finals of the women’s competition will take place on Wednesday, 19th June, with Benin City, Asaba and Enugu as host centres.

The semi-finals of the men’s competition will take place on Thursday, 20th June, with Abuja and Lafia as host centres.

In the men’s semi-final, Abia Warriors and Kano Pillars will clash at the Lafia City Stadium on Thursday.

El-Kanemi Warriors and Kebbi United will do battle in the other semi-final at the NFF/FIFA Goal Project, Abuja also on Thursday

 

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Super Eagles forward, Bright Ejuke to join Sevilla on a three-year deal

Spanish club, Sevilla have agreed on a deal to sign Super Eagles forward Chidera Ejuke.

The 26-year-old has a verbal agreement to join Sevilla and will have his medical on Monday, June 17, after which he will sign a three-year contract with the La Liga side.

The seven-time UEFA Europa League winners finished 14th in the Spanish La Liga standings last season and want to strengthen their squad ahead of the next campaign.

Ejuke attracted the interest of Sevilla after a decent loan spell with Royal Antwerp last term, having scored five goals with six assists to his name across all competitions.

Ejuke spent this season on loan at Royal Antwerp from CSKA Moscow, who paid €11m for him in 2020. The Super Eagle scored 5 times and gave 6 assists in 39 appearances in Belgium, having struggled to impress in Russia during his time there.

He will sign as a free agent with Sevilla, providing Victor Orta and Garcia Pimienta with a winger capable of playing on both sides, as well as adding pace and one-on-one ability.


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