ISSUES IN SPORTS ON SSI with Nathaniel Mobolade


2023 An outlook of NPFL Abridged League.

Welcome, happy New year to all our esteemed readers and partners.We thank you for your unflinching support and encouragement throughout last year even as we anticipate a better sporting year for all stakeholders. At SSIMEDIA, we Promise a better coverage for all sporting events from the grassroots to the national & International level.

This column will begin the year with a look into the Interim Management Committee, IMC’s Abridged NPFL season. It would be recalled that the IMC was formed by the Ministry of Sports and youth Development through the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF,to run the league on an interim basis after the League Management Company, LMC was disbanded.

The IMC headed by former National Sports commission chairman, Gbenga Elegbeleye,swung into action getting a sponsorship for the league and Television right for the league to be on Television. The IMC gave out its rules for the league and date for the Abridged league as a full season league is not feasible due to the CAF rules that mandated federating Nations to submit their representatives for all CAF organised competitions by end of July but the club Administrators rejected this idea insisting on the normal 20-club league.

However, the IMC went ahead to conduct the draws for the Abridged league with 10 clubs each in a group to start on the 8th Jan,2023 but many clubs thereafter threatened to withdraw from the league. After a meeting called by the IMC on Thursday 5th Jan,2023,it was agreed that the league will go on but only one match to be played on day one,Sunday 8th January, 2023, between Akwa United versus New comers, Bendel Insurance of Benin at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo, to be televised.The other match day one matches will be played a week later on the 15th Jan, 2023.

During the meeting between IMC and club Administrators, a 200 million naira take off grant was announced with each club getting 10 million naira each as take off grant by the GTI Group the Title sponsorship and broadcast rights.

Meanwhile, the snag to the kick-off & live telecast of the league is an alleged legal move by Total Promotions Ltd to challenge IMC over television & Title rights with a legal team already in place to challenge IMC in court on Tuesday 9th January.

The company had written 2 separate letters to the Director General of the Nigeria Television Authority, NTA, Salihu Dembos and the chairman of the IMC, Gbenga Elegbeleye, to stay clear from the NPFL.
The letters dated Nov,8th,2022 addressed to both Dembos & Elegbeleye, the owner of Total Promotions, Mr Niyi Alonge,warned NTA & IMC against broadcasting the league. He drew their attention to the ongoing court tussle in a Lagos High Court in suit No: LD/997/2013 between Total Promotions Ltd (Claimant) and NFF/LMC(defendant),as there is an interlocutory injunction restraining the defendants from interfering in any way with the performance of Broadcast rights contract between the claimant & defendant.

The crux of the issue is that Mr Alonge is angry that despite the ongoing suit between Total Promotions Ltd & NFF/LMC, the NFF still went ahead to announced a deal with GTI Group recently to cover Title sponsorship and broadcast rights but there has been no response from officials of IMC.
We will see if the league will kick-off tomorrow 8th January or Total Promotions Ltd have its way with the injunction.

The initial questions begging for answers is ,why were the club administrators/owners against the Abridged league,why did they agree to play? and why is Total Promotions Ltd coming up with the issue of court order?


We at SSIMEDIA, wish to assure all our fans,partners & readers a bumper 2023 beginning with the SSI Premiership/championship leagues,adequate coverage of every sporting activities anywhere its happening as SSI is changing the narratives of grassroots sports.

A big congratulations to former D’Tigers captain, Olumide Oyedeji,who was appointed into the 20 member Athletes Council by the World Anti – Doping Agency, WADA.
The third -Vice President of Nigeria Olympic Committee was mentioned after WADA had named thirteen members before the publication of other seven members. He is appointed for basketball.

Thank you for keeping faith with SSIMEDIA, see you next week.


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