From Femi Oyelola, Kaduna
The General Manager of Rangers International of Enugu Hon. Paul Ozor Chibuzor has called on the league handlers to put a better monitoring mechanism in place to ensure the league is improved and meet international standard.
Chibuzor spoke to newsmen at the Kaduna Township Stadium venue of the match day 38 between Kaduna United and Enugu Rangers that ended 1-2 in favour of the Enugu side.
He said there are a lot of lapses in the league and urged the league handlers to ensure that the league is improved.
Speaking further he said clubs must not just strive to win the league, but win the league convincingly and also be consistent. “Is not just winning the league, but sustaining it, it is representing Nigeria out there that matters, you don’t just win the league because you want to win the league anyhow, but win the league and win it convincingly and represent Nigeria well,” he pleaded.
He added that if we want to play the league we should do what others do by putting in place rules and regulations that would better the lives of the footballers who are the major stakeholders in the league.
The Ranger GM said he supported the “No pay No Play Action” of the LMC, which he described as a good move, because players are not supposed to be owed because they are professionals, but they must act and play like professional players too.
“I don’t support the idea of clubs owing their players, if you want me to discharge my duties very well you pay me very well then if I don’t discharge my duties as require then you reprimand me.”
He said the magic wand used to transform Enugu Rangers poor start to the season was nothing other than letting the players know they are professional footballers and treating them as such.
He added that money also played an important factor in motivating the players because Enugu State government intervened and money was given that enable Enugu Rangers to meet up with N150, 000 salary benchmark set by LMC.
Also speaking was Coach Saleh Barnabas of Kaduna United also called on the league handlers to do more in terms of monitoring the league to ensure the right thing is done. Saleh complained that though the league is being monitored, but he doubt if those charged with the responsibilities of monitoring the league are reporting the right thing, because if they have been reporting to the authority concerned what they saw, then the league should have improved better than what we are having now.