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NPFL Dismisses Total Promotions Claim To Broadcast Rights



Joel Ajayi

The Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL) Board said it’s attention has been drawn to a letter from a certain Total Promotions Ltd laying false claims to the Television Broadcast rights of the league.

Chairman of the NPFL, Hon Gbenga Elegbeleye noted that the recent letter which was sent to StarTimes, the NPFL Broadcast partners is only intended to hold the league down, describing the company as unknown to the NPFL Board and the claims as totally without basis.

He said a similar irritant letter was sent to the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) last season when the NPFL concluded arrangements to broadcast match of the week on the national television channel.

“The NPFL was set up with no assets nor liabilities as we inherited no sponsors or partners. It is therefore an effort to derail the progress we have made to reposition the league for this strange company to go about writing to our partners and laying claims to a right that is not theirs”, remarked Elegbeleye.

“For the avoidance of doubt, the NPFL is not in litigation with any organisation, definitely not Total Promotions Ltd, a company we have had no dealings with.
“It is public knowledge that the NPFL has not been on television even before the inauguration of our Board, the question therefore is, where has this rights owner been”? the NPFL Boss queried.

Elegbeleye noted that “they wrote this same threat to NTA last season but we still had our match of the week broadcasts. They wrote to Propel Sports Africa and the live streaming of our games are ongoing. They are to be ignored”.

He assured existing and potential partners of the league that the relationship remains without threat and urged the general public to ignore this latest attempt by some of those who have been ripping off the league through corrupt alliances in the past.

It will be recalled that the NPFL in July signed a Broadcast Streaming deal with Propel Sports Africa for Over The Top (OTT) distribution of live league games and highlights. And earlier this November, another five years partnership was signed with StarTimes for a Direct To Home (DTH) satellite Broadcast rights.

Both deals have received huge public acclaim for the NPFL Board for their success in getting the league back to the screens on two platforms.

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CG Adeniyi Pledges More Support For Customs Team



Joel Ajayi

The Comptroller General of Nigeria Customs Service NCS Adewale Adeniyi, has pledged to continue to support the Customs Sports Teams to enable them to bring more glory to the service.

CG stated this on Tuesday when Nigeria Custom ladies secured the tickets to represent the Service and Nigeria at the forthcoming 2023 Africa Women’s Basketball League AWBL in Egypt.

Comptroller General who was represented at the event by the Deputy Comptroller General Enforcement Inspection and Investigation Abba Kura charged the team to go to Egypt and make Nigeria proud.

He said: “For this tournament, they have done well, the Service is going to encourage them to do more, I pray for them to succeed in Egypt, and to come back with the trophy to Nigeria.

“It has been a tradition of the Nigeria Customs Service to encourage officers who participate actively in sports, apart from that, we encourage all our teams in all sports and make sure that they succeed in any event they participate.”

However, at the end FIBA Africa Zone 3 Women Qualifiers tournament in Abuja, NSC topped the table with 6 points after winning two games, while the ASPAC of Benin Republic played two games won one, and lost one to secure 3 points, and the third participant Olukoya Ladies lost the two games with no points.

The Borders ladies defeated the Olukoya ladies by 55:49 to secure their second victory.

Also, the 2023  Africa Women’s Basketball League will take place in Cairo, Egypt from December 11th to 18th this year.

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