Implementation of the Club Licensing Regulation will take priority over all other activities of the League Management Company in the days ahead as part of the overall plan to complete the reform of the Glo Premier League which commenced earlier in the year.
This indication emanated from a speech delivered by the Chairman of the LMC, Hon. Nduka Irabor at a ceremony tagged League Bloggers Award for players, coaches, administrators and clubs of the Glo Premier League.
Irabor was special guest at the event which held at Sheraton Hotels, Ikeja and chose the opportunity of his address to illuminate on the Club Licensing Regulations and the inherent benefits which he said will complete the restructuring process of the Premier League.
“Club licensing is very fundamental to the restructuring process that we already began and we will have to finish with it before announcing a kick-off date for the new season. We are very hopeful that when it is released by the NFF, the clubs will work hard to meet the requirements within the stipulated time. This is not likely to be any time before the end of the African Nations Championship for domestic Leagues (CHAN)", stated Irabor.
The implementation of the Club Licensing Regulation has been made mandatory to all member federations of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) which conveyed this in a circular issued in September and setting a December 31 deadline for completion of the club licensing process, a compulsory requirement for clubs participating in all continental club competitions in 2014.
He then enumerated the cache of benefits that will flow from the implementation of the licensing regulation to include:
· A guarantee of improved welfare for players through enforcement of approved minimum wage
· Job security for players and coaches through application of strict and standard contract formats
· Improved training and match facilities through the standardization of infrastructure at venues
· Guaranteed availability of squad players for clubs through implementation of approved youth development program
· Curbing the obnoxious and exploitative practices of unscrupulous players’ agent and club managers
· Improved stadium environment for fans to enjoy match day activities
· Attractive return on investments for commercial partners and investors
· Safeguarding the fidelity of competition and enhancing profile of the league
· Building an enduring ownership and administrative structure for the clubs
· Generating public confidence for increased financial investment in clubs
· Engendering a sustainable replenishment of national teams through successions from youth teams of the clubs
· Improved community and club engagement platforms to rebuild the dwindled fan base
· Cultivate the business culture in the administration of clubs
· Attract quality professionals to manage segments of club administration relevant to their discipline