The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and the League Management Committee (LMC) have resolved to improve the league despite some challenges experienced in the first phase of the ongoing season.
In a mid-season review held yesterday at the LMC’s head office in Abuja, both bodies agreed to deploy additional security officers at match venues, create volunteer stewards corps, ban unruly challenge of match officials by players and sustain review of match officials’ performance.
Reacting to the development, the NFF President, Mr Amaju Pinnick explained that the meeting was called to discuss the progress made so far in the NPFL and to explore possible strategies that can be adopted to sustain the progress and eliminate identified setbacks such as the unwarranted security breach that occurred in the Abia Derby and the breach of public peace within in Katsina metropolis after the derby match between Katsina United and Kano Pillars.
He reiterated that “all parties must work together to ensure that such incidents do not occur again and we must keep our match venues safe at all times to provide fans a conducive environment to enjoy games.”
On his part, the LMC Chairman, Shehu Dikko stated that the ongoing season could be described as the most competitive and successful given the results, performance of match officials and the overall conduct of fans.