Newly appointed Chief Executive Officer of the League Management Company (LMC), Davidson Owumi, has laid down his template for the transformation of the Nigeria Professional Football League, Completesports.com reports.
Owumi’s appointment was confirmed at the Extra Ordinary Congress of the Nigeria Football Association in Benin City, Edo State last weekend.
The General Manager of NPFL side Rangers International replaced first CEO of the body, Nduka Irabor who resigned his appointment last year.
Owumi is expected to bring his wealth of experience to bear in the management of NPFL.
“In administering domestic football, you must not be sentimental. That’s my driving principle in life. I believe our football must be run without sentiment, but with sincerity. I’m not going to deviate from my original plan of making sure things are properly done from beginning to the end,” Owumi spoke to a radio sports show, Global Sports Update anchored by Godwin Enakhena on RayPower FM on Wednesday.
“If you follow my antecedents as chairman of the Premier League and Rangers International of Enugu, you will know am not someone who goes back on his words.
“I know the rules are going to be applied without sentiment. Once that is done and people come into realisation that rules will be followed to the latter, they will comply.”
Getting clubs to play on quality pitches has always been one of the problems bedevilling the NPFL and Owumi also emphasized on the need to address the challenge.
“It’s not about Owumi, it should be a combine effort. The LMC and the clubs are going to meet and take a decision on the way forward. We must agree to do things in a different way and one that is done, dictating the pace will not be difficult,” the former Bendel Insurance forward added.
“Where we are now, there is the need to move forward from this doldrum to a better place. Once we have a consensus, the application of the laid down rules will not be a problem because it has been generally agreed.
“I’m not a magician, but I believe when things are done in a proper way, you have less conflicts.”
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