Vol. 3, Issue 1 (2016)
Challenges of professional football league in Nigeria 1990 - 2015
Author(s): Dr Okwudili Chukwuma Nwosu, Emmanuel Ugwuerua
Abstract: This study x-rays the challenges faced by the Nigerian Professional Football League between 1990 and 2015, and proffers ways forward for the league, so as to be comparable to what is obtainable in other developed professional football leagues of the world. The study contends that Poor quality officiating, inadequate welfare services, win at home at all cost syndrome and lack of infrastructure were some of the challenges facing professional soccer in Nigeria, thus, what is obtainable in Nigeria is not professional football in the real sense of it. The study affirms that the League Management Company on inauguration brought in some innovations that included improved and better managed match indemnities for match officials, sanctions on clubs who fail to pay salaries and allowances to their players, which the LMC administratively failed to implement. The study suggests that when vibrant administration is employed by the LMC, the glory days of Nigerian football league can be restored, developing to a level obtainable in other countries where professional soccer is thriving.