The Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Dare, says the re­sumption of the Nigeria Professional Football League has brought a big relief after months of uncertainty.

Mr Dare said this during a media chart following the kickoff of the new NPFL season last weekend.

“Truly, it is really a relief to see the NPFL return. You can see the excitement on the social media and eco­nomic activities in different venues talking about the ho­tels, restaurants and hosts of others who are beneficiaries of the restart of the league.

“The return of the league brought about economic gains and it will reduce so­cial vices among the youth

“Even the gladiators of the game are not left out of the party, players get travel allowances, referees, match officials and as well back room staff,” Dare posited

He commended the efforts of the LMC for ensuring that the NPFL returned, while as­suring that the Ministry of sports would give them full support.

“I want to commend the LMC for restarting the league, as a ministry we will support LMC to grow the league, which is critical for sports Development in the country.

“The contents are coming back gradually, which is key to football development. The LMC alone cannot promote the league, the media has a very important role to play as well. We must project the league in a good light as sports journalists. You see what Eu­ropean journalists are doing to promote their leagues and their players, we can emulate good projection and add value to the league.

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