In mutual bid to shore up the growth of the Nigeria Professional Football League, the Nigeria Stock Exchange and the League Management Company of Nigeria are in talk for a partnership which may see the Stock Exchange coming into the league as Official Supporter.
A top official of the Stock Exchange confirmed to Sportstalkafrica.com that the Chairman of the LMC, Mr. Shehu Dikko, was at the Exchange in Lagos on Wednesday to wrap up the arrangement.
“Dikko was here to conclude talks with our top officers (of the Exchange) and the talks went well. The Stock Exchange is very impressed with the organisation, management and progress of the league in recent times. The LMC has demonstrated commitment to transparency and commitment in the running of the league. These are policy areas that the Exchange take seriously. Besides, the league is progressively attracted the fans back. The games are looking fair, the competition keen and the stadiums have also improved on security, safety and convenience for fans. I am positive that the Stock Exchange will partner with the LMC to support the commercial growth of the clubs and I believe the details of the relationship will be made public sooner than later,” the official said.
In another development, there are indications that one of Nigeria’s topmost beverage brand has almost concluded talks with the LMC to join the league also as Official Supporter. The very popular brand is said to have considered making remarkable financial commitments to the league in addition to supporting the NPFL with its rich media.
Contacted to confirm the deals the chairman of the LMC, Shehu Dikko, only had this to say: “Yes, the LMC is in talks with the Stock Exchange to partner towards the growth of the NPFL. The Stock Exchange is very supportive of the vision of growing the Nigeria league and hopefully we will conclude on details and let the public know. It is also true that we are at advance stage in talks with a top beverage brand to come in as Official Supporter. It is all for the good of the game and in the interest of nation building. The public will also be duly informed when this relationship is consummated.”
As the LMC continues in its efforts to advance the frontiers of the NPFL, football fans are increasingly responding through their attendance of the games and general conversations and engagements with the league especially on Social Media.
Only recently, the LMC chairman, Mr. Dikko, and the CEO, Hon. Nduka Irabor were in Spain to strike a partnership with the La Liga. This is in only after the NPFL was recognized to join the prestigious Global Football League Forum.