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Nigeria Premier League’s prize money will trickle down to all clubs, says NPFL boss, Elegbeleye

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BY KUNLE SOLAJA.

 

Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL) chairman, Gbenga Elegbeleye has assured that all the 20 clubs in the Nigerian flagship league will get financial benefit for their participation in the league.

He made the clarification following an earlier press release by NPFL Club Owners Association that the winner will get a minimum of N100 million and that there will be no take-off grant to the clubs.

Elegbeleye told Sports Village Square that although the take-off grant has not been paid to the clubs, payment shall certainly be made in the course of the league.

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“This shall be before the league gets to the halfway mark,” the league boss remarked.

In the last season, each of the 20 clubs got N2 million take off grant when the league, played in abridge format commenced.

Teams will play the usual marathon this time around. The NPFL boss who is also the 2nd Vice Chairman of the Nigeria Football Federation Board explained that the money for the take-off grant is not available at the moment, but efforts are being made to get sufficient fund for the 20 clubs.

He also revealed that contrary to belief, it is not only the league champions that will be paid. “The money will trickle down as the interest of all the 20 clubs will be protected”, the league boss remarked.

Elegbeleye revealed that the emoluments of the match officials – referees and match commissioners – have been increased by 30% owing to the prevailing economic situation in the country.

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He told Sports Village Square that Propel Sports Africa has done very well in getting a telecommunication firm to cough out money for the prize money to the champions and that the champions shall get more than the N100 million paid in the last season.

“The league must not just grow, it must be seen to be growing, hence we have to improve on what we paid last season”, Elegbeleye remarked.

He pointed out that more windows of revenue are been constructed that will see all the clubs getting rewarded for their participation in the league.

“There will be more viewers of the Nigerian league through telephone subscription worldwide and that will raise enough revenue to grow the league, make it more transparent and also expand its scope,” said Elegbeleye.

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Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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ENENE ADAMS: Club activities on hold at Remo Stars

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Continental title aspirants, Remo Stars of Ikenne have suspended activities at the club as a sign of respect to Hon. Ekene Adams who passed on early this Tuesday morning.

The departed was the club’s former General Manager before venturing into politics in 2023. He won election into the Nigeria Federal House of Representatives and became the Chairman of the House Committee on Sports.

Remo Stars in their official X- handle announced: “With deep regret, we announce the death of the club’s former General Manager, Hon. Ekene Adams.

“Ekene was a pillar of our club. His dedication and passion for the beautiful game will never be forgotten. All club activities are hereby put on hold until further notice.”

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NFF  mourns over Ekene Adams 

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Gusau (right) with the mother of the late Hon. Ekene Adams.

The Nigeria Football Federation has expressed utmost sorrow and grief over the demise on Tuesday, 16th July 2024, of the Chairman of House of Representatives’ Committee on Youth and Sports, Hon. Ekene Abubakar Adams.

Adams reportedly passed on in the early hours of the day after prolonged illness.

President of NFF, Alhaji Ibrahim Musa Gusau, in a letter he personally signed to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Rt. Hon. Tajudeen Abbas, extolled the virtues of the late Hon. Adams, saying the deceased was “the leader of a very important committee in the House of Representatives and a man who was very much alive to his duties, tasks, assignments, obligations and responsibilities.

“As someone who has worked in football all his life, contributing his quota to the development of the game on the domestic front, Hon Ekene Abubakar Adams was well-known to the entire football fraternity, and it was no surprise that he was very keen on further development of the game of football in the country while he served as Chairman of the House Committee on Youth and Sports Development.

“From serving and excelling as General Manager of Kada Stars Football Club of Kaduna to serving and accomplishing great things as General Manager of Remo Stars Football Club of Ikenne, to his glorious political sojourn that ended with Chairmanship of one of the most important committees in Nigeria’s Parliament, the late Hon. Adams surely left his bold and indelible footprints in the sands of time, and departed with a legacy of distinguished service to the football industry and to the country’s legislative chambers.

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“We all loved him, but God Almighty loves him much more. Rather than be thrown into dejection and sorrow, we must endeavour to celebrate Hon. Adams’ fruitful and fulfilled existence here on planet Earth.”

Gusau thereafter paid a condolence visit to the house of the late Hon. Adams, where he met with his mother and wife.

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Nigeria battles with Egypt over signing of Hervé Renard

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Terrible Hervé Renard Blow For Cote D’Ivoire -

Nigeria’s search for a coach ahead of the start of the qualifying duels for the 2025 Africa Cup of Nations has been narrowed to two-time winner, Hervé Renard, the Frenchman who guided Zambia and Cote d’Ivoire to victories in 2012 ans 2015 respectively.

 The Frenchman was in charge of Saudi Arabia in their sensational 2-1 defeat of Lionel Messi-inspired Argentina at the Qatar 2022 World Cup.

He is at the moment the head coach of the French Women’s team featuring at the Olympics but intends to step down at the end of the Games next month.

That confirms his availability. But it comes at a huge cost. Sources informed the Sports Village Square that the Nigeria Football Federation has tabled an offer of 2 million euros to the coach believed to have the necessary skill to handle teams from Africa owing to his experience.

  But the NFF is not alone. The Nigerian officials face stiff competition from Egypt who are also interested in Hervé Renard.

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The Egyptian FA tabled a salary offer of 1.9 million euros.

Egypt sacked their coach, Rui Vitoria after the last AFCON in Cote d’ivoire while Hossam Hassan is signed as an interim manager.

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