NPFL 2016: LMC Will Consolidate On Last Season Success, says Shehu Dikko


Shehu Dikko, chairman of the League Management Company, has said that the Nigerian league has made huge progress, assuring his leadership will build upon its accomplishment while urging all stakeholders to work hand-in-hand for more enhancement.

In his speech during the League Management Company’s Annual General Meeting in Uyo on Friday, Dikko expressed excitement at the steady progress of the elite division since taking over in January 2015, and insisted the LMC would remain focused on raising the standards of the NPFL.

“We are all witnesses to the progress we have made so far in the league. The football fans love what we are doing. That was achieved by the innovation of the LMC,” Dikko said.

“We saw the bests of football played last season. The home must-win syndrome wasn’t applicable last season. We have seen a huge progress from the league.

“I congratulate the media and stakeholders for their efforts. We also put interest in capacity development. The administrators and media went for seminars and were well equipped.

“For the first time, we were in the world league forum and as pioneer members. We took all decisions collectively, worked hand in hand with the club owners and carried the clubs along.

“Everyone moved in the same direction. Last season, we were able to show that this league has the potentials.

“Going forward for the new season, we are looking at consolidating on the successes of last season. The biggest challenge we had last season was the issue of salaries.

“We need to work together for a better Nigerian league. I must commend the Nigeria Football Federation for their supports.

“I also want to commend the club owners, board of directors and all those involved in the development of the game. I want us to build a league we can be proud of,” he concluded.