Clubs campaigning for the country in continental competitions have been urged by the League Management Company (LMC) to be good ambassadors and flag bearers of the ever-improving Nigeria Professional Football League.

Kano Pillars and Enyimba International are campaigning for the CAF Champions League cup while Dolphins and Warri Wolves are in the CAF Confederation Cup competition. All the clubs are engaged in the first leg of the qualifying rounds this weekend.

A statement from the office of the Chairman of the LMC disclosed that towards supporting the clubs and the two junior national teams that are billed to play in continental tournaments to excel in their respective competitions, the LMC would be remitting the sum of N2m to each of the teams as players’ bonus to facilitate their preparations and encourage the players give their best.

Read more: LMC Urge Continental Clubs to be valiant Flag bearers  

Economics is a great subject.

I love the subject, not because I’m an Economist. I love it because of ceteris paribus!

Yes, ceteris paribus a Latin phrase meaning “with other things the same” or “all other things being equal or held constant”.

So, when in doubt, and in need of a clear and focused mind, “hold other things constant” like you often hear motivational speakers telling you to focus on one thing at a time. They stole it from Economics – a great subject indeed!

Nduka Irabor, chairman of the League Management Company (LMC) held other things like quality of the league and players constant and said that the media is under reporting the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).

Read more: Local media & NPFL coverage: Ceteris paribus, Irabor got it right  

By Sarians Xobok,

It has become quite trite to say football remains Nigeria’s foremost national pastime and veritable glue on which we have built national consensus cutting across tribe and tongue as our old national anthem once stated.

It is even triter and stating the obvious too that nearly everyone rightly claims the status of “stakeholder” when it comes to football, especially at the level of the national team and its exploits, or lack thereof, in international soccer. We become a nation of 170 million coaches, analysts and pundits on talent, selection, skills and whatever deficiencies afflict the team in bringing whatever Cup home for us to celebrate. That is as is it should be when people are passionate about a game.

Read more: Rebuilding Professional Football In Nigeria.  

·        Forfeit abandoned Match 3 Points &3 Goals to Gombe United 
·        Coaches Aranka, Levi suspended for 1 year each
 
Nembe City has been sanctioned by the League Management Company (LMC), ducked points, had their Coaches suspended and fined as a consequence of their abandoning the Match Day 31 fixture against Gombe United at the Krisdera Hotel Stadium in Omoku and unruly conduct of the Coaches .
 
The two officials are the Head Coach, John Aranka and the Goalkeeper’s Trainer, Felix Levi who were each suspended for one year for unruly conduct.
 
These decisions were announced yesterday by the LMC Chief Operating Officer, Salihu Abubakar who emphasized that the rulings were without prejudice to further decisions that may be reached on the matter by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Organising and Disciplinary Committee.
 
It will be recalled that the match was abandoned on the 89th minute with scores at 2-2 when Nembe City players were ordered out of the pitch by the Coaches to protest a penalty awarded to Gombe United.
 
The LMC found the Club guilty of refusing to continue with the game for a period exceeding five minutes contrary to the rules of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL). 
 
Nembe City were further penalized with three points deduction from their already accrued points of the season while the abandoned game was awarded to Gombe United with three points and three goals.
 
The LMC slammed a one year suspension on each of the two Coaches for acts of misconduct as they were found to have incited their players to abandon the game when a penalty was awarded against their team.The conduct of the Coaches is contrary to the Code of Conduct for Managers and Coaches.

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