Nigerian club owners move to reposition league, elects new exco

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The Nigerian National League Club Owners Association (NNLCOA) has instituted moves to reposition the Nigerian National League towards having a more efficient league.
This was the highlight of the meeting of the association held on Tuesday, December 14 at the Prestige Hotel, Benin, Edo state.

Okonkwo, new president of NNLCOA

The meeting frowned at what it described as the unsatisfactory running of the Nigerian National League (the second tier of club football in Nigeria), while going ahead to sack its executive committee and electing new men to run the association, with Mr. Kunle Oyeleye, the General Manager of Crown FC, Ogbomoso, emerging as the new secretary.
Other exco members elected at the meeting are Chidi Okonkwo (president), Mustipha Moda (vice president), Sanni Muhammed (treasurer), Gorge Best (welfare), Ebam Ejen (financial secretary), Isah Dodo (coordinator), Sheriff Bukar (director north) and Tony Rafua (director south).


In the communique issued after the meeting signed by its new president and secretary, Chidi Okonkwo and Kunle Oyeleye respectively, it is stated, “The forum was convoked on the immediate need to address the challenges bedevilling the Association as an important organ in the operation of the league as the practice in global scenes. Considering the unsatisfactory conduct of the league in few seasons past, the forum saw a need for the stakeholder to give mutual respect to individual members who are committed to the running of the league. The league is bedevilled with organisational crisis and bereft of visionary direction that allows for unilateral decision without consideration or reference to the club owners.
“Going forward, it is expedient to act and move in unison just as it is germane to repositioning the league for posterity sake. Having achieved unity among members and stakeholders the association took the following decisions:
“The Association dissolved Abdul Sule led board and moved a motion for the election of the new ones for the following positions.
“The Association demanded the immediate inclusion of 2 Directors one from the Northern conference and the other from the southern conference.”
On the play-off to determine NNL clubs that would gain promotion to the Premier League, it’s submitted, “The forum equally took a cursory look at the controversial inclusion of (4) teams from both conferences by the secretariat, it was decided that all the 8 clubs from both Conferences should go for play-off in the spirit of justice and fairness. Therefore, Jos and Uyo have been chosen as the centres on 10th to 12th January, 2022.”
The Annual General Meeting of the association will soon hold with more drastic steps expected to be taken.
Reacting, Oyeleye told that the new exco was focused on
partnering with the league management committee to ensure a more effective league.
He promised their members who elected them would not be disappointed in their contributions.
“We will work with the league organizing committee to ensure success of the league and we will not betray the confidence reposed in us,” he said.

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