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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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Ministry of Sports unveils partnership with Yanga Games

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Towards creating a new dawn for Nigerian Sports, the Federal Ministry of Sports has signed a landmark agreement with top lottery company Yanga Games to raise the revenue profile of the Ministry and ensure a new deal for the welfare of athletes.


Speaking during the unveiling of the partnership between the Ministry and Yanga Games in Lagos on Friday, Chairman/CEO of Yanga Games Mr Derrick David Kentebe said “We are so super excited by this opportunity to work with the Ministry of Sports Development to change the narrative about Sports in the country. We see an opportunity for marketing our athletes and sports generally. We shall avail ourselves of the best use of this unique and special partnership. We shall pursue this mandate with vigor, passion, and unrivaled commitment to bring benefits to all the critical stakeholders.


The agreement according to Kentebe will provide support for retired athletes, enhance grassroots sports Development, and advance the potential of special athletes.a


He assured that ” Yanga Games can raise funds on behalf of the Ministry of Sports for athletes’ Development, endorsement, and sponsorship deals for athletes”.


Minister of Sports Senator John Owan Enoh assured that the Ministry has total and absolute confidence in YangaGames to deliver on the given mandate.

“Gone are the era when we depended solely on the government to fund sports development. We are partnering with YangaGames to bring maximum benefits to the athletes and all critical stakeholders. We shall give institutional encouragement and support to the Management of Yanga Games to succeed in this onerous task of rebuilding our sports sub-sector.”


Kentebe said ” We shall raise about 34 Billion in the next four years to assist athletes and improve sports in the country. We shall help to develop grassroots sports and sustain youth involvement through raffle draws, fund raisers, and other avenues.

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