Task Before Owumi

By Desmond Ekwueme

Posted  455 Views updated 3 years ago

That Davidson Owumi is the new Chief Executive Officer of the League Management Company is no longer news.

It is not surprising that football fans across the country and believers on the domestic league are jubilant...thus, applauding his appointment.

Indeed, Owumi is one of the few persons around who understands the workings of the domestic game in our land. His choice cannot be faulted. He has seen it all as far as domestic football or Nigeria Football League is concern. Those who appointed him deserve a pat on the back.

He played the game to the highest level. He is one of the few honourable voices of the sport who commands respect from among past and present football administrators and players.

He was a player of immense repute. He won the highest goal scorer award in the local league in 1986. He managed clubs in the domestic league to continental level. He midwifed the production and progression of a lot of local players to stardom.

He has been around the NFF holding key positions concerning league development in the past. So he is a round peg in a round hole as far as his new position or appointment is concern.

However, a few things are expected of Owumi in his new job. First, the NPFL has no sponsor in the past two or three seasons. He has to launder the image of the NPFL to attract sponsors. He has to find out why sponsors seem to be scared of the NPFL. He has to fix this.

Secondly, Owumi has to work with the leadership of the NFF to understand why Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr has shut out domestic league players from his team.

He has to find out why Rohr doesn't visit league venues to hunt or fish out talents from among the hundreds of players of the NPFL.

Thirdly, Owumi must equally find out why league venues are deserted these days. Why is it that the league no longer attract fans to venues?.

Fourthly, clubs owe players and coaches salaries, bonuses and allowances for months. This affect the performance of the players whose morale are always low since they seem to be playing in or with empty pocket and stomachs in most part of the season.

Fifthly, Owumi should help us find out why Nigerian clubs don't excel any more in continental assignments.

If Owumi can help fix these issues among others then, we may look forward to a better League in the nearest future.

Congratulations CEO!!! Best wishes "Okada Air".

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