The minister of Youth and Sports Development, Sunday Dare has reiterated that the ongoing reforms to professionalise football in the country will make Nigerian Leagues better and reposition it in line with international best practices.
In a statement made available to LEADERSHIP Sports, he said he’s desirous of seeing the Nigerian Leagues grow beyond the current state with rapid transformation through proper licensing and financial control.
According to him, the move to professionalise Nigeria’s league is critical for building stakeholder confidence following the reclassification of sports from recreation to business as part of President Buhari’s commitment to make sports a lucrative business.
“We have a clear plan and vision. We are dogged in working to fulfill them, leveraging on public and private financing to achieve our goal. We are committed to making changes that would position our league for the best.”
The minister had said the league would not resume until basic conditions on club licensing control would be enforced.
“As a ministry, infrastructure renewal is our ultimate goal to ensure television-friendly output that will encourage investors to put their money in a product that is quite attractive; this also boils down to professionalism of all stakeholders, administrators, coaches, players and fans of round leather game”.
“This is the only way we can attract sponsors and fans returning in large crowds to the stadium, if all facilities are put in better shape ahead of the new season”
The minister expressed confidence that Nigeria will get it right and return to its apex position in African football.