By; AYO OJEDOKUN, Lagos
Chairman of Premiership side, Akwa United of Uyo, Paul Bassey has charged the League Management Committee (LMC) to fulfil their financial obligations to clubs; saying that most club sides in the country depend on government patronage to survive.
He told New Nigerian Sports that in the last three years, the LMC has not given enough financial assistance to clubs and urged them to set up a more vibrant marketing unit that will attract more corporate sponsorship of the League as is done in other climes.
“I want to inform you that the LMC has not done enough in giving financial assistance to club sides. It’s sad that in the last three years, the League Management Committee has not fulfilled its financial obligations to clubs leading to management of many club sides going cap in hand looking for financial support elsewhere.
“It’s high time the LMC restratigise and involve more corporate organisations to sponsor the League as is obtainable in other countries as that is the only way to make the domestic League attractive”, he stated.
The veteran journalist believes that with more financial support from the League Management Committee and the Nigeria Football Federation, Nigerian club sides will perform better at the continental level and the League rated among the best in Africa.
“The need for increased financial support will help in reducing financial obligations of clubs and make the League more attractive and competitive as well make club sides representing the country at CAF organised competitions prepare well”, he concluded.