Chairman of the League Management Company (LMC) Shehu Dikko has disclosed that plans are underway to not only provide financial support for the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) clubs in the face of Covid-19 crisis, but to also help the clubs reposition to take the league to the ‘next level’ after the pandemic.
Dikko made the disclosure during an interview on Channels TV, where he informed that Sports Minister Sunday Dare and President of the Nigeria Football Federation Amaju Pinnick have ‘taken keen interest’ in advancing the NPFL after the pandemic.
The NPFL has been suspended indefinitely since 18 March as a result of the outbreak of the pandemic, leaving some clubs in dire financial condition.
Reacting to a question on whether the LMC will provide financial support for the clubs during the pandemic, the LMC boss said:
“Those things (financial support) are subject to cash flow. Remember we had cash flow that we were expecting from certain sponsors but, unfortunately, because of the Covid-19 it could not come. But I’m sure once the league is restarted, those cash flows would be able to come.
“And definitely, if we have the cash flow, we have to support clubs.
“But we are having conversations beyond that (financial support). I think the NFF president (Amaju Pinnick) and the Honourable Minister of Sports Sunday Dare have taken a very, very keen interest about what is going on.
“I can tell you we have been having so much behind-the-scenes meeting, and the objective is to see what we could do post-Covid, not just supporting the clubs, but also making the league to go to the next level,” he said.