LMC too soft on unruly Sunshine Stars

Nigerian football has come of age. With three Africa Cup of Nations trophies through the Super Eagles and two CAF Champions League titles courtesy of Enyimba of Aba, the country’s profile in the round leather received major boost. Between 1994 and 2014, six FIFA World Cup competitions took place in different continents. Nigeria featured in five of the competitions and these shot the country’s name to international limelight.   The country’s footballers who move from the domestic league abroad also made impact especially in the late 90s and early 2000s.…

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LMC deducts three points from Sunshine Stars

The League Management Company (LMC) has deducted three points from Nigeria Premier League side, Sunshine Stars of Akure, for repeated violence at their home ground in Akure, Ondo State.   In a Summary Jurisdiction notice issued to the club, the LMC reviewed a series of past breaches of the rule by the club dating back to the 2014/2015 season for which varying sanctions, including monetary fines, playing without fans, ban of use of home ground and an order to identify for prosecution, supporters cited for acts of breach of security…

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LMC’s soft measures won’t help football

Football hooliganism is a huge bane followers of the game all over the world detest because it could lead to death or permanent disability. World football governing body FIFA, is very serious about fair play in all its operations. Nigeria’s domestic league in the past years has been playing second fiddle to leagues in Europe and even some parts of the continent like South Africa. The League Management Company has told all that cared to listen that there was need to bring fans back to the stadia. In the past,…

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LMC suspends Enyimba goalie, two others

…as axe falls on Pillars, Remo, Katsina League Management Company has come hard on some Nigerian Professional Football League sides after fans restiveness at some match venues at the weekend. The league body said it would continue to enforce safety regulations and sanction every act of violation to deter unruliness at match venues. “We recognise that football is a game of passion and there are bound to be emotional outbursts when people pursue their passion  especially in supporting their favourite clubs,” a statement by the LMC said. In review of…

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Lagos SWAN hails LMC

The Sports Writers Association of Nigeria, Lagos chapter, has commended the League Management Company for its decision to sanction Remo Stars FC over the assault on a sports journalist by supporters of the club during the Nigeria Professional Football League Match Day 16 game in Sagamu. The journalist, Ekerete Kelvin of Sportsville Production which runs on Channels Television, was manhandled by supporters of the club who also deleted his recordings and smashed his phone. In reaction, the LMC, in a summary jurisdiction announced on Tuesday ordered the club to pay…

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LMC under fire over hooliganism

The League Management Company has come under severe attack from stakeholders in the country football after series of attack on teams and officials at various centres during the Nigeria Professional Football League Match Day 18 matches played at the weekend. Kano Pillars’ fans went berserk after their team lost 1-0 at home to Akwa United, as they attacked the referees, their opponents’ players and officials, leaving so many of them injured. The story was the same in Katsina despite the game between Katsina United and Enyimba, ended 2-1 in favour…

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NPFL: Court of Appeal upholds Giwa FC’s expulsion

The Court of Appeal, Jos Division, has struck down the order of the High Court of Plateau State directing the League Management Company to compulsorily re-instate Giwa FC to the Nigeria Professional Football (NPFL), after the Jos based club had been expelled from the league last season. Three issues were before the Court of Appeal in Jos for determination and they included, one, LMC’s challenge of Justice Kunda of the High Court of Plateau State exparte order directing the reinstatement of Giwa FC into the NPFL. The second issue was…

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LMC, NASD, 18 issuing houses meet Tuesday

Another milestone event towards enlisting Nigeria Professional Football League clubs in the securities and exchange market has been scheduled for Tuesday, April 4 in Ikoyi, Lagos. At the event, eight of the clubs nominated at the last Annual General Meeting of the League Management Company for the pilot scheme will meet with financial, banking and legal advisors that were shortlisted following a recent Expression of Interest call made by the LMC. The clubs are Enyimba International, Kano Pillars, Rangers International and El-Kanemi Warriors. Others are MFM FC of Lagos, Wikki…

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