LMC to be on full alert as sea­son nears end

Daily Trust - - SPORT - By David Ngobua @Ngob­ua­david

Chair­man of the League Man­age­ment Com­pany, Shehu Dikko has as­sured that the league or­gan­is­ers will be even more dili­gent now that the 2014/2015 sea­son is com­ing to an end.

With seven league matches left to play, clubs are be­gin­ning to be des­per­ate for points to ei­ther pick one of the con­ti­nen­tal tick­ets or es­cape rel­e­ga­tion.

At the mo­ment, Eny­imba, Warri Wolves, Sun­shine Stars and Wikki Tourists are the top con­tenders for the avail­able con­ti­nen­tal tick­ets while Bayelsa United, FC Taraba, Kwara United and Dol­phins are bat­tling against rel­e­ga­tion.

Speak­ing to Daily Trust, Dikko said ev­ery of the re­main­ing seven matches will be closely mon­i­tored to en­sure that fair play is not com­pro­mised in any way.

He said although he can­not be ev­ery­where to mon­i­tor pro­ceed­ings, he is work­ing with a team that wants to leave be­hind en­dur­ing lega­cies for the Nige­rian league and would not do any­thing to un­der­mine the achieve­ments so far recorded.

Dikko there­fore re­it­er­ated that LMC is call­ing on all the clubs to play by the rules to avoid puni­tive mea­sures which await any­body or group that would at­tempt to cut corners.

“It is true some mea­sure of des­per­a­tion will set in shortly but we are equal to the task. We are care­fully fol­low­ing the matches.

“This is the time that we need to be more vig­i­lant. And we are go­ing to be on our toes to en­sure that we end the sea­son on a high.

“Con­ti­nen­tal tick­ets will be won fairly and clubs for rel­e­ga­tion will drop with­out any ado. We have pro­vided a level play­ing field for all the clubs,” he said.

Dikko there­fore said LMC will pro­duce cred­i­ble clubs that would do the coun­try proud in next year’s con­ti­nen­tal com­pe­ti­tions.

“One of our ob­jec­tives is to pro­duce clubs that would ably rep­re­sent Nige­ria in con­ti­nen­tal com­pe­ti­tions in 2016. In re­cent times, our clubs have not done re­ally well and this is not good for the im­age of the league,” he noted

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