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LMC moves against Dangote, Glo, others

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The League Management Company has announced that it is working on a legislation aimed to check Nigerian firms sponsoring foreign clubs and leagues. The LMC says the move is to help in curbing capital flight from the nation’s football industry to overseas.

The LMC has revealed that it intends to work with the Nigeria Football Federation and the National Sports Commission to push the Federal Government for the enactment of a legislation by the National Assembly that will make it mandatory for Nigerian companies entering into sponsorship deals with European clubs to pay some percentage of the net worth of the deal to the domestic league.

The company said on its website that its Chairman, Shehu Dikko, re-echoed the LMC’s position at the recent World Leagues Forum inaugural meeting in London which sought a percentage of European Leagues’ broadcast and other commercial partnerships deals secured from Nigerian organisations for the airing of live games and other activations in the territory.

Dikko said, “Our biggest challenge is the struggle for the hearts of our fans and the proliferation of European football on television and promotion of foreign clubs contents by Nigerian companies. The intrusion of these broadcasts has made it more expensive to go to the stadium as just about N50 can get the average fan into a viewing centre to see the foreign leagues and we are saying they should pay development grants in the form of solidarity payments to us as they do to the lower leagues in their country.”

Dikko lamented that investable funds that would have accelerated the development of football in the country were being channeled to foreign leagues/club deals while the domestic league and clubs are left to struggle.

While Alhaji Aliko Dangote has made public his desire to buy over Arsenal in the English league, Nigerian league sponsors Globacom have sponsorship deal with Manchester United. Beverage manufacturers Chivita also have a subsisting sponsorship deal with the Manchester team. Sterling Bank played hosts to their partners Arsenal in Lagos last month just as Standard Chartered Bank has international relationship with Liverpool.

LMC officials said that they were encouraged by international scholars who are into sponsorship and marketing. They said that Dikko’s view was supported by the three guest speakers at a workshop organised by the Lagos Businness School – Dr. Jim Pulcrano, a visiting Professor and member of EMBA Teaching Team; Mr. Kelvin Roberts, Editorial Director, Sports Business Group and Robert Matsauki, former Technical Director of Association of National Olympic Commissions of Africa.

Roberts was quoted as saying, “The position of the LMC is reasonable and it is something that could be put on the table and negotiated but it is also important that you identify opportunities in the industry and utilise them.”

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EPL: Do us favour when Aston Villa face Man City – Liverpool’s Henderson begs Steven Gerrard

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Liverpool captain, Jordan Henderson has jokingly admitted he might give the club’s legend, Steven Gerrard, a call to do his side a favour against Manchester City.

Liverpool head into the final day of the Premier League season on May 22, trailing Man City by just a point in the title race.

It means Liverpool, who must win against Wolves on Sunday, need Manchester City to either draw or lose against Gerrard’s Aston Villa in order to bring the Premier League title to Anfield.

And Henderson certainly hopes so, as he spoke after his side’s impressive 2-1 comeback victory over Southampton on Tuesday night.

Speaking with reporters during his post-match press conference, the England midfielder said: “I think the cup final at the weekend gave us a bit of a boost. Some of the lads have had knocks and bruises, but we have used the whole squad to get fresh legs on the pitch. Hopefully, the lads rest up for Sunday.”

“It is hard to focus on the game when you can hear what is going on, but we need to focus on our own game.”

Henderson then jokingly said, “I might give Stevie a call this week. Hopefully, he can do us a favour!”

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Details of Jose Peseiro’s contract as new Super Eagles head coach revealed

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The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), on Sunday, confirmed Jose Peseiro as the new head coach of the national team.

However, according to OwnGoalNigeria, Peseiro has been handed only a one-year contract to take charge of the Super Eagles.

The 12-month deal is subject to renewal based on performance-related clauses.

It is understood the NFF has given Peseiro a short-term contract, because of their legal battle on payments with former Nigeria coach, Gernot Rohr.

FIFA has already ordered the federation to pay Rohr the sum of $380,000 as compensation for breach of contract.

Peseiro’s first matches in charge will be the friendlies against Ecuador and Mexico in the US.

The games will be followed by the qualifiers for next year’s Africa Cup of Nations.

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EPL: We’ll give our lives to be champions of England — Guardiola warns Aston Villa

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Manchester City manager, Pep Guardiola has warned Aston Villa that his team will give their lives to become England champions this weekend.

Guardiola gave the warning after Man City played a 2-2 draw against West Ham United on Sunday.

Guardiola’s men are currently four points clear of Liverpool, who can narrow the gap to one point when they face Southampton on Tuesday.

Man City will host Aston Villa and Liverpool will host Wolves on the final day of the campaign this weekend.

“Our stadium will be sold out, we will give them our lives and they will give theirs, all together,” Guardiola said at his post-match press conference after Man City’s draw with West Ham.

“To do it is an incredible privilege, after many years.

“To have our chance with our people, to win one game to be champions. I’m looking forward to it.”

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