The head coach of Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL), Kwara United, Abdullahi Biffo has charged relevant authorities in the country to democratize the administration of football clubs to enhance development.
Speaking as a personality guest on a media group platform, ‘FCT Football Update’, Biffo described the administration of football clubs as very difficult, saying the tenure of the administrators are not specified, thereby making continuity impossible.
“If we take a look at the NPFL clubs, many of them are government-sponsored clubs. The administrative positions in the clubs are politicized. Most of the chairmen are either politicians or friends of the politicians. And when they give them the job, there are many more people waiting for them to fail so that they can take over”.
“These administrators will not have time to put any developmental programme on the ground, instead they will circumvent every available rule to make sure they get results in order to keep their jobs. They don’t have time at all”.
“But, if the administrators are elected for a specific time limit and tenure, those who will be interested in handling the positions will have to wait until such a time when new elections to the positions will be held and they will have no option than to support the club fully. This will also give the administrators the opportunity to carry out their programmes unhindered”.
This, he said would be the best way to properly position the clubs to compete favourably with clubs in other countries.
The former Katsina United gaffer urged the League Management Company (LMC) to restructure the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) to attract the needed sponsorship for the country’s top flight league.
He said the investors would only invest in the league if they find it attractive, noting that only
a stable financial backing and proper management would bring NPFL at par with other developed leagues in the world.
“The league needs to be rebranded to attract sponsors to invest in it. I think the LMC is working seriously to get that”.
“The LMC must have a stable sponsorship for the league. When you don’t have finances to run the league, I don’t think any idea you have to improve the league can be workable”.
“Recently, we heard that they have gotten a sponsor and we hope more will come before the start of next season,” he said.