The House Representatives committee on sports has assured the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) club owners of support to revamp the domestic top flight football league.
The chairman of the committee, Hon. Ekene Abubakar Adams, gave the assurance on Tuesday when the club owners paid him a courtesy visit at the National Assembly.
The lawmaker, who is a well known football administrator before his election as a member of 10th House of Representatives, posited that the trajectory of Nigeria’s league must change to harness it’s full potential.
“One thing I will assure everyone of you is my total support and commitment to the development of the league.
” For me, this is one area I am very passionate about because of my background. So, I will be available at any time to render my support and advice,” he said.
Hon. Adams insisted that the NPFL must be revived to attract football fans and sponsors, saying it is the only way it can have a resemblance to the top leagues in the World.
“In England, people don’t speak about the FA but the Premier League; in Spain, nobody mentions the Spanish FA but the La Liga; same thing in Germany, people speak about Bundesliga.
“Nigerians want to see a brand new league where things are done properly and clubs can adequately fly their teams to venues,” he said.
The chairman of club owners, Okey Kpalukwu, pledged to work with the committee to remap the domestic top flight league.
“We are excited that the leadership of the House found you worthy to be the chairman of this committee. As club owners we are very open to work with you and our joy is that the league will benefit immensely from your experience and expertise,” Kpalukwu stated.