The first Chairman of the League Management Company, Nduka Irabor, has given notice of his withdrawal from the management of Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).
Irabor told a major Nigerian newspaper THISDAY, “By December 28, I would cease to be a member of the LMC board. It is however open to make this exit date earlier. The board needs time to find a replacement for me. If it has one now it may go ahead and date the resignation letter I submitted at time of incorporating LMC.
“I am offloading some of my schedule and doing more travels these days. I need to focus on my core private business.”
Six and half years ago, Irabor, a former chairman of the Communications Committee of the House of Representatives, took charge of the then League Management Committee and incorporated a statutory independent body to manage the league.
On when the league would restart for the 2019/20 season, Irabor said: “That would have to come from Chairman Shehu (Dikko). We are grappling with obvious funding issues. Without a broadcast sponsor it is difficult for us to market the league at its real value. This indeed is the league’s surest revenue source. I know this has been impressed on the relevant persons and happily, the Sports Minister, Sunday Dare, appears to have a good handle on this matter. It feels good to have somebody in government champion the cause of the game.”