Monday, May 16

Delay In Owumi Taking Over As LMC’s CEO, Stalling Bet9ja Sponsorship Deal – Bukola Olapade

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Frankie Omokhua

The much talked about Bet9ja sponsorship deal with the League Management Company (LMC) has failed to see the light of the day because of the failure of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and the league body to put a final seal on the appointment of Rangers Int’l General Manager, Davidson Owumi, as the LMC’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

Speaking on the development in the week, former Ogun state Commissioner for Sports, Bukola Olapade, said the delay in the completion of the sponsorship deal is as a result of lack of commitment and delay in Owumi’s appointment, more than a year after the Delta-born football administrator was announced as CEO by the NFF during its Extra-Ordinary Congress held in Benin City, Edo state capital.

The choice of Owumi was approved,  endorsed and confirmed by NFF President, Amaju Pinnick, after the former CEO of the LMC, Nduka Irabor, resigned from his position.

However, there are reports that Owumi has not been offered letter of appointment delegating him to take over his role at the League Management Company.

“The sponsorship deal has not been finalised because Prince Davidson Owumi is yet to assume office to carry out his responsibilities”.

“But, if all the parties involved do the right thing by allowing the processes that brought Owumi to continue on a good note, then, everything about the deal would be placed on the table for more fruitful discussion. Aside that, all actions will still remain inconclusive”.

Nilayo Sports Marketing Company, the outfit owned by Olapade brokered the deal between the LMC and Bet9ja.

Meanwhile, the Nigeria Professional Football League season (NPFL) was proposed to kick off last month (October) as stated by the LMC Chairman, Shehu Dikko, in Abuja recently.

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