NPFL Clubs Cash In On LMC Resolution
As the 2015-16 NPFL season resumed the past weekend, a combined estimate of over ₦3 million was generated by participating clubs.
This estimate analysed by TwoReport research team, identifies FC IfeanyiUbah, Lobi Stars FC, MFM FC and Wikki Tourist as the big winners. All four teams won away from home and going by resolutions made from the second Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the board of the League Management Company, away wins attract an incentive in the sum of ₦500,000 – the sum is a hundred per cent increase from ₦250,000 offered in 2014-15 season. This implies all four teams opened the season with a cumulative income of ₦2 million.
Winning away from home did not make teams on Match Day One the only winners. Kano Pillars home match against Enugu Rangers, also made them winners. However, their slice of the ‘cake’ is not as large as teams that won away from home.
What makes Masu Gida winners on Sunday is not their comeback win; it was the home fans. Teams with fan attendance in the region of “5,000 and above” according to the LMC, attract a bonus of ₦250,000. Enugu Rangers will certainly rue all the misses which could have sealed a double-win for them both on and off the pitch.
Kano Pillars are not alone with huge fan attendance; Sunshine Stars FC are beneficiary of the LMC’s largesse.
The Akure-based club have remarkably sustained increased fan attendance at their 10,000-capacity Akure Township Stadium home ground. This puts the Akure Gunners in the winners’ category even though their Match Day One fixture against Akwa United ended in a 1-all draw.
Shooting Stars Sports Club and Heartland FC are probably winners also. According to @UpHeartland, social media fan account of Heartland FC, fan attendance is estimated to have been “close to 5,000”. While TwoReport cannot independently ascertain this postulation, it should be noted however, the history and clout of the aforementioned clubs, have made them fan favourites for many years.
Games in which visiting teams held the home teams to a draw, makes the visiting teams ‘winners’ still in accordance of the AGM. Abia Warriors, Akwa United and Warri Wolves will receive into their coffers a sum total of ₦600,000 – each team receives a bonus of ₦200,000, a hundred per cent increase from ₦100,000 for same result last season.
The big losers from the opening season fixtures were home teams with wins, loss or poor fan turnout which was less than the 5,000 attendance benchmark set at the AGM. While visiting teams that lost in their fixture, also lost financially.
Incentives from the LMC to the clubs, has undoubtedly, being a motivator for the unusual results witnessed most especially from the 2014-15 football season. This development has its precursor tied to the set-up of the League Management Company then as a Committee, in late 2012.
This financial increase, does not require shaman to know revenues to clubs will witness continuous and steady growth particularly in-sync with the prudent management style of the LMC.
Match Day 2 is expected to increase the pressure for teams to perform optimally with off-the-field results to cash in.
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