By: Ben Nwachukwu, Abuja
Former Chairman of Nigeria Football Association (NFA) Alhaji Ibrahim Galadima has described as incredible agitations by the second tier league; Nigeria National League (NNL) to have 8 clubs promoted from the league to the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) with the proviso to relegate 12 clubs at the end of the season.
Alhaji Galadima who is presently the Chairman of Kano state Sports Commission told DAILY ASSETSports in Abuja that the whole scenario is ridiculing the country globally.
He disclosed that he was not happy with the League Management Company (LMC) organisers of the NPFL for the maladministration that bedevilled the 2017/18 season as a result of their involvement in matters that had nothing to do with the league and thereby disrupted the free flow of the league.
The former NFA Chairman wondered the record the league organisers intend to set in the game of football globally.
“What do they mean by promoting 8 clubs and at the end of the season 12 clubs will be relegated? Are they trying to set a record or what exactly are they trying to do? They should realise that they are only ridiculing the country before the entire football nations. I have not heard of such ridiculous act in football anywhere in the world.”
Alhaji Galadima noted that the decision of LMC to hand pick champion of the 2017/18 League is an aberration adding that he was not happy with the decision because it not produce true champions.
Claiming that there were possibilities for a true champion to have emerged if the LMC did not stop the league the way they did, the Kano state Sports Commission Chairman argued that Kano Pillars were in an advantage position like any other club in the top spot to win the league.
“Kano Pillars could have won the league. The league was still open for grabs and I believe any of the clubs up there could have won it. So how can I be happy that they denied us the league trophy? It is not a good omen to our football.”
He however noted that the possibility of the 2018/19 season kicking off in January may not be tenable because February is election month so, it would be difficult to get the states governments involved in football when they are battling with their re-election.