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IMC Heaps Praise On Nigerian League, Lauds Referees, Promises More Improvement

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Joel Ajayi

The Chairman of Interim Management Committee IMC, for the Nigeria Premier Football League NPFL hon Gbenga Elegbeleye has heaped heavy praises on the progress of the league after day 2 matches of the ongoing abridged league.

He stated this in Abuja, where he gives kudos to referees for the good job that is bringing beauty to the league, he urged them to continue doing the good job that will bring more growth and development to the league.

The Former National Sports Commission DG, Expressed: “I am very happy that, the very first day of the match, we had 4 away wins, while in second day of the match we had 1 away win away three draw, this show good level of officiating, it’s show the sincerity of purpose and it show maturity of the home team.

“The very perfect example is in Edo state where a team was given a penalty in extra time, 91st minute, Plateau United was given a penalty. It hasn’t happened in years.

“Again, Remo star scored their only goal in Gombe at 89th minute and the goal stood. So, I commend our Referees. 

“What we have been doing in order to make Nigeria Referees comfortable, we increased their emoluments by 50% Transport allowance by 40% and again where ever they go to officiate all these allowances paid a day before the match, so we wouldn’t have the reasons to owe Referees like they did in the past, where Referees have been owed three years.

“We told our corporate partners, don’t give us the money, keep the money in your own account. All we do is to supply you the account number of our Referees, you pay them yourself, we don’t want to ware money in IMC.

“Secondly, when they go to officiate, despite all these increments in their emoluments and transport allowance, we paid for their accommodation, and still pay for their feeding anywhere they go.

“So, for now Nigerian referees have no reason not to do well, because to whom much is given, much is expected, we have been trying on our own part to make them comfortable and again we warn our clubs not to induce Referees, let the best team win, based on how you play, not based on Referees inducement.”

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NCF/PwC U17 Cricket Tourney: Federation Extends Starter packs to all States

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In order to encourage all the states taking part in the 4th edition of the National U17 Cricket Championship powered by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), the Nigeria Cricket Federation, ably led by Mr. Uyi Akpata,  is extending additional starter packs to all the states taking part in the playoffs across the 6-geo political zones of the country.

In a statement issued on Thursday by the NCF General Manager Emeka Igwilo said that the donation is a morale booster to the states for sustaining the game in their states.

According to the statement, this is coming after the distribution of two different consignments over the last three years. All the 36 states and the FCT got the initial consignment from the Bankstown Community, Australia. 

“After the distribution of the Equipment from Australia which was facilitated by ICC Africa, NCF also followed it up with the distribution of the NCF Customized equipment imported from outside the country and that one’s also imported through the ICC Criiio initiative. 

“The States, Schools, NGOs and Development officers that have been deploying the equipment into use have continued to receive booster packs to support their grassroot development and growth.  It has been a healthy development to support those that help NCF build their scorecard and NCF will not relent in its approach to get the States take ownership and responsibilities of growing the game in the country of over 200 million. 

“The Board of the Nigeria Cricket Federation during its Board meeting of 28th Dec 2022 resolved to sustain the growth by re-jigging the growth plan in line with the current projections. This will come during the Strategic Session/AGM when the Development Plan, submitted by the Development Committee to the NCF leadership, will be reviewed.”

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