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Amiesimaka frowns at NPL circus



Former Nigerian international, Adokiye Amiesimaka has voiced his sentiments about the ongoing crisis rocking the Nigeria Premier League (NPL).

Club owners in the NPL, on Wednesday in Abuja, dissolved the board of Nigeria’s league governing body led by Baribote Victor Rumson.

Amiesimaka says the situation is an "unending circus of an unprofessional football league."

“When clubs that compromise and own the league are sick, how can the league be whole? Examine the way the clubs are structured and run and see why the league is a joke. I addressed this matter after the Soccerex seminar in Lagos two months ago,” Amiesimaka told supersport.com.

In a meeting on Wednesday, 18 out of 20 club owners stated that “the congress can dissolve the NPL board in cases of emergency.”

The club owners, through Heartland general manager, Fan Ndubuoke described the 2011/12 NPL season as the "worst in living memory."

Insisting that the Baribote Victor Rumson-led board of the NPL would have to go, the club owners reached a consensus to appoint a six-man interim committee to run the league with elections scheduled for February 2013.

The six-man interim committee, which represents the six geo-political zones in the country is comprised of Mike Idoko (Sunshine Stars), Alloy Chukwuemeka (ABS FC), Promise Nwachukwu (Heartland) among others.

Chukwuemeka reportedly turned down the appointment.

Meanwhile, Baribote Victor Rumson insists he is still the chairman of the NPL.

”I was not even aware (the club owners). If any such meeting is to be seen as legitimate, I as NPL chairman should have presided over such a meeting. The decision reached by club owners was not properly constituted so it is not binding on the NPL,” Baribote told supersport.com.

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