The Nigeria football league is the 53rd strongest in the world and the 4th strongest in Africa.
The League Management Company, LMC, said on Wednesday in Lagos that Nigeria’s latest ranking as the 4th strongest league in Africa by the International Federation of Football History and Statistics, IFFHS, is a confirmation that its reforms, which began last year, is yielding positive results.
The Chairman of LMC, Nduka Irabor said “we are delighted because the gains of Nigeria on the listing is a validation of the work we have done these past months and we are encouraged by such good tiding coming from an independent international assessor”.
The LMC initiated reforms in the Nigeria Professional Football League, NPFL, last year and it coincides with the research capture period of January 1 to December 31, 2013. During this period, Nigeria climbed seven steps from 60th to 53rd strongest league in the world with total points of 332.50.
According to Mr. Irabor, “This ranking portends good for the league; it is a huge positive for the league especially now that the Clubs have agreed to comply with the Licensing regulations, that the commercial corporate community is showing increasing interest in partnering with the league and at such a time the league has drawn huge followership from the youth population on social media”.
Mr. Irabor sees the ranking as a precursor of the new direction the League is moving to. He enjoined the clubs, their players and all stakeholders to build on the gains of the past season to further reposition the league. Mr. Irabor said that while improved ranking has not been the motivation for the on-going re-engineering of the league, he is happy that the reforms are being recognised.
IFFHS, a research organization based in Lausanne, Switzerland computes its annual rating on the basis of all National League, FA Cup, continental and intercontinental results of the clubs from countries.
The recent rating, according to IFFHS, covers the period from January 1 2013 to December 31, 2013. During this period, the League Management Company, LMC, organized the NPFL; which was and is still sponsored by Globacom, a telecommunication company.
Tunisia, Egypt and Morocco are the African leagues ranked ahead of Nigeria on 31st, 46th and 47th respectively.