NFF tells clubs to stop bickering and cooperate with the LMC

The football authority in Nigeria has advised league clubs to work with the League Management Committee or face dire consequences

The obvious rift between club owners in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) and the League Management Committee (LMC) led by Nduka Irabor has seemingly been quelled by orders from the Aminu Maigari-led Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).

In a statement released on Saturday, the Nff reiterated that clubs have to recognise the legitimacy and powers of the LMC and stop the threats of pulling their clubs from the league.

The club owners had called a press conference two weeks to show their disappointment with the LMC, saying that they have been totally left out of the decision making process of the committee. The club owners were also advised to cooperate in their best interests or face dire consequences.

"Any person(s) purporting to act on behalf of club(s) in the NPFL to, therefore, undermine the authority and legitimacy of the LMC shall be visited with very severe sanctions," part of the statement read.

The club owners had asked the committee to call an emergency congress – a process that the Nff has now put a stop to. The club owners are yet to respond to the Nff statement.