-By Akeem Busari
The recent improvement and growth in Nigerian football and particularly, the NPFL, has been commended by foremost grassroots football promoter and owner of 36 Lion football club, Alhaji Gafar Olawale Liameed. 

He commended the Mallam Shehu Dikko led League Management Company, for taking Nigerian football league away from its perennial crises that had somewhat stagnated the growth of the league. 

"l want to commend the board of the LMC over the impressive strides made by our league in recent time. It shows that if we set our minds to a purpose, we can collectively achieve so much, "Gafar started. 

Speaking further, he expressed satisfaction on the impressive turn out of crowd to games this season, which he also attributed to the efforts of the Nigeria Football Referees Association, in ensuring that officiating are free and fair. 

"You understand that when officiating is free and fair, the matter of security would be minimal. And like last year, we have continued to record draws and victories for away teams. And it is a testimony that the LMC are not resting on their oars, " the award - winning football entrepreneur added.

Continuing, he also praised the league body on its policy on youth football development, that ensures league sides promote and feature a specific number of its youth players in games. 

According to him," this policy on youth football would go a long way in encouraging the development and growth of grassroots football, "he said.


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