Daily Trust (Abuja)

22 November 2012

Nigeria: Iorfa Okays Suspension of NPL Congress

Former international and vice-chairman of Lobi Stars of Makurdi, Mr. Dominic Iorfa has thrown his weight behind Nigeria Football Federation's decision to stop the Nigeria Premier League from going ahead with its congress.

Following some unresolved issues, the NFF directed that the NPL should not go ahead with the congress which was to hold on November 14 in Kano.

Speaking to Trustsports on the development, Iorfa who doubles as the technical adviser of Lobi Stars said considering the problems on ground, it would make more sense to thrash out the lingering problems before the league resumes.

He said in the last three or four years, the league has been in one crisis or the other and this is not good for the league and the image of Nigerian football.

Iorfa maintained that if the Nigerian league is said to be among the top three in Africa and it cannot rise above problems like the ones threatening the existence of the league, then something is wrong.

He reiterated that if the suspension of the congress would enable the authorities to sort out once and for all the problems that have bedeviled the league, then he does not have any problem with the suspension of the NPL congress.

"If you look at what is going on with our league it will be better for all the problems be resolved before the league will start. The last three four league we have been having problems upon problems about our league.

"If we are ranked among the top three in Africa and we are having these kinds of problems, it is not good. I want things to be sorted out so that at the end of the day, we enjoy our football. If these things are sorted out and we are back on track, I will be happy".

Iorfa said those charged with the responsibility of administering the league should do everything possible to return the league to where it was in the 80s and 90s saying then the Nigerian league attracted large followership.

"Even if it takes three or four months for everything to be sorted out, there is no problem. I want our league to be something to talk about like the good old days of the 80s and 90s when it was the toast of football fans.

"I don't know why the NFF took that action. I have a lot of issues bothering me about Lobi so I have not taken time to know much about what is going on between the NFF, NPL and the sports ministry. But if what they are trying to do is for the good of Nigerian football so that in the end, people will not laugh at us, I am happy with it".

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