Chairman of the League Management Company responsible for the management of Nigerian Professional Football League, Shehu Dikko has backed the idea of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) to make the Ghana league autonomous basis.
After several meetings among members of the footballing association, the FA led by President Mr Edwin Kurt Okraku decided to make the Ghana Premier League autonomous.
The GFA announced this intention in the first week of May, 2020.
The GFA named a five-member committee members from the 18 Premier League clubs with two from the association to lead the course for a significant decision.
The Nigerian Premier League became autonomous in 2012 where it was renamed Nigerian Professional Football League.
Speaking exclusively to Saddick Adams known as Sports Obama on Angel 102.9FM, Mr. Shehu who have served on the LMC as chairman since 2014 expressed his delight in the GFA’s decision to make the league autonomous.
”I am very glad Ghana FA has decided to go for an autonomous league. Surprisingly, Ghana has not done this for all these years because Ghana has been pacesetters in the game so very shocking you have not done this all this while. But good that your FA has finally taken this step,” he stated.
He further noted that the upgrade will help elevate the value of the Ghana league.
“An autonomous league has a lot of benefits including assisting the FA to take care of referees and match officials which will help raise the value of the Ghana league.
”The League Management Company in Nigeria always give 5% out of each sponsorship to the FA to take care of the referees and match officials. Every top football league in the world is run independently and comes with a lot of benefits. For instance, we have a platform of World League Forum that consists of League Chairmen across the globe that shares ideas and offer exchange programs,” Mr. Shehu Dikko emphasized on Angel FM’s Floodlight show.
Mr. Shehu Dikko was appointed Chairman of the LMC in 2014 and was reappointed again in 2019 for his stupendous hardworking.
Also a football administrator he has previously worked as a consultant for the sports committee in the Nigerian House of Representatives from 2008 – 2011 before been rowed as the sports secretary for the Super Green Eagles in 2012.
Source: Ghana | Angelfmonlinegh.com | Samuel Sackey