Premier League warns Dolphins, Sunshine Stars


The Nigeria Premier League, NPL is concerned about the waves of bickering, unguarded comments and rumor mongering about variables that affect the course of the league.

Pic: Dolphins' manager, Stanley Eguma

Conversely, this is the time clubs should be working more on technicalities for developmental depth and delivery for better results and justification for the huge financial outlay by government – state governments than dissipating energies on journalism where frivolous comments and utterances have become worrisome to the league board.

For example, the tirade of accusations and counter by clubs –Sunshine Stars and Dolphins FC on some sports papers in the last few days are unreasonably appalling and pallid.

Our fear is simple, if these types of issues and comments continue to permeate sports pages, it is highly likely that they will degenerate to or harbinger of violence on the field of play.

Also, other clubs may blindly join for selfish ends and create uneasy temperament and color for a league that is charting a new vista and opportunities for additional prospect and players’ propelled welfare for better performance.

Consequently, clubs and their managements are advised and strongly warned at the same time to desist from sowing seeds of discord by the way of mindless propaganda for the League leadership.

Article 1.9(3) of 2010/2011 of the rules and regulations guiding the League is clear “
members of the Management and their employees are strictly prohibited from making comments and or statements either verbally or in writing that can bring the game and the League to disrepute”.

The NPL to repeat here, is doubly committed to giving Nigerians true League champions that can weather the storm on the continent, and not the ones that are aided by mere talks.

According to a release made available from the NPL, "The commitment of the NPL to an inclusive growth and development circles of the league players on a progression of transparency, accountability and sprouts of integrity remain firm and unfazed about the thinking in some quarters that it is inexpert and visionless as making of the league a real pipeline of weekly competition in feeding our higher football institutions and national teams and fulfilling a social contract with the Nigeria youths."
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