.Says His Team Are Ready For Premier League Action –
Mountain Of Fire and Miracles Ministries, MFM Football Club Chairman Godwin Enakhena believes there are plenty of positives to expect from the Nigeria Premier League this season if the League Management Company, LMC, strictly implements the rules of the game, eyeonthenews.com reports.
With the promoted MFM FC playing away to Nasarawa United when the NPFL season begins on Sunday, 21 February, Enakhena says the LMC and other participants should hit the ground running to ensure a rewarding league season.
“We are excited to be part of the 2015/2016 Premier League season and just like other clubs, our expectation is to play in a conducive and well co-ordinated league. I believe the organisers are doing their best but we want the LMC to be firm in implementing the rules, especially the ones affecting the welfare of players.
“Any club that can’t pay the salary of its players for a month should be suspended from the league, there are no two ways about it if the league must improve”, Enakhena told eyeonthenews.com.
The broadcaster hinted that his club has never owed its players and will pay the salary stipulated by the LMC this season. He urged the body to review some aspect of the rules of the game.
He described as unfair situations where players are forced to write to the league body and wait for 45 days before going on strike to protest months of unpaid salaries by their clubs.
The MFM FC boss also challenged NPFL TV right owners Supersport to put at least 75 per cent of league games on television, stressing that the move would enhance fair officiating and discourage hooliganism.
He said team management needs to be improved upon in Nigeria, while while reminding football fans of the crucial roles they play in the game.
“Hooliganism must be put in check. For me, point deduction is crucial because banishment of teams will not stop hooliganism, and placing of fine on erring clubs can’t solve it too, the clubs will always pay to escape.
“So, my appeal to the LMC is that when a team and its fans misbehave, the body should investigate within 48 hours and if it is discovered the concerned club actually misbehaves, the LMC should wield the big stick by deducting three points from what they have. Three points mean a lot to the progress or otherwise of a team in a competitive league like Nigeria’s”, he told eyeonthenews.com at his Ikeja Office.
On his team’s preparedness for the kickoff of the NPFL season, Enakhena said; “MFM FC, to be led by Coach Fidelis Ilechukwu and other officials are ready for the season. We are through with amateur football so it’s time for real business.
“We are signing about five players, an experience goalkeeper, one defender in the right back position and a few others to fill some loopholes in the team. We have also been playing pre-season friendly games against top clubs such as Enyimba, Warri Wolves, Sunshine Stars, Ifeanyi Ubah and many others.
“However, my realistic target is to remain in the Premier League in our first season, thereafter, we will build on the good start. I’m not saying we will win the league in our first attempt, but if it happens, I will take it with open arms”.
Enakhena said the club management will be unveiling some sponsors with one or two activations before the season commences, adding that their plan is to run MFM FC as a self-sustaining and standard club that Lagos State will be proud of.