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Ogbeide Charges LMC On Welfare, Security

Posted: May 11, 2016 at 3:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Steve Oma-Ofozor

LAGOS – Solomon Ogbiede, head coach of Sunshine Stars of Akure, has charged
the League Management Company (LMC) to step up its oversight function
on the welfare and security of players and officials in the Nigerian
The former Warri Wolves handler recently in Akure, Ondo State capital
said that a good welfare package for players and officials as well as
good security network, particularly during matches would help take the
Nigeria Professional League (NPFL) to the desired height.
Ogbeide reflecting on the unruly fans behavior in recent times at
match venues said that, “If LMC must take the NPFL to the zenith of
football, then there must be adequate security in place to curb the
excesses of fans at the stadia.”
On the welfare issue Ogbeide said, “LMC must also look into the
welfare of players and officials as part of its functions to develop
the league. Salaries should be paid as at when due for them to leave a
life; that is the practice in every clime where things are properly
In retrospect, Enugu Rangers International and Enyimba International
of Aba are the two clubs that have suffered fans violence since the
season kicked off in Jos and Kano respectively, while almost the 20
NPFL clubs are guilty of welfare issue.
However, the erstwhile Julius Berger helmsman commended the LMC for
reshaping the NPFL with regards to officiating of matches noting that,
“the win at all cost at home” was gradually becoming a history.
“I must give kudos to the LMC for making referees to become upright in
recent times. Now it is only the best side that wins, home or away,”
Ogbeide concluded.
It would be recalled that Rangers, Abia Warriors, Kano Pillars,
Enyimba International, Rivers United, Giwa FC, IfeanyiUbah FC and MFM
FC have all recorded away wins in the 15 weeks old league to justify
the level of improvement in the of officiating matches recently.