Nigeria’s football league had gone two seasons without a sponsor.
After two seasons without a sponsor for the Nigerian professional football league, the League Management Company, LMC, on Monday finally sealed a major deal with telecommunication giant, Globacom, at the headquarters of Globacom’s office.
The contract worth N1.8 billion will see Globacom as the official sponsors of the league for three seasons ending the long suffering of Nigeria’s football league .
The Chief Operating Officer of the League company, Salihu Abubakar, told PREMIUM TIMES that the money will be paid per season.
“We signed a contract with Globacom. N550 million will be paid for this season and ten percent increase each following year,” he said.
The sponsorship of the Nigerian Premier League, now Nigerian Professional Football League, had been enmeshed in crisis with two telecommunication giants, MTN and indigenous company, Globacom, battling to be named the official sponsors of the league.
An agreement was finally reached and Globacom was finally named as sponsors.
According to Mr. Abubakar, club owners will benefit from the sponsorship deal .
“Definitely club owners will get a share of the money accordingly, we are all working together, some money will be given to them for their own club use”.
Since the inception and registration of the League Management Company Limited, LMC, by the Interim Management Committee of the Nigeria Premier League, NPL, staff of the NPL expressed dissatisfaction with the manner the LMC treats them especially in terms of non-payment salaries and a recent announcement that the staff will no longer be recognised as a result of the identity change of the NPL.
The Executive Secretary of the NPL, Tunji Babalola, denied the sack of any staff saying they were only asked to re-apply.
Speaking to PREMIUM TIMES about the fate of the staff, Mr. Abubakar said the staff will be retained.
“We will retain any member of staff that is ready to work with us but we are not going to use the former NPL secretariat because they are owing N130 million.
“After settling the club owners, the remaining part of the money will be use to run the league, pay indemnities, salaries, meetings and to also settle some other issues,” he concluded.