Determined to invigorate organised youth football league, the Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL) Board has set up a seven member Youth League Committee to organise the 2023/24 NPFL Youth League.
Former Chairman of Abia Warriors and a one time member of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Pastor Emeka Inyama heads the Committee as Chairman.
The NPFL Chairman, Hon. Gbenga Elegbeleye, stated that “we want to ensure that every NPFL Club has a competitive youth team” when announcing the committee’s makeup on Monday morning.
He added that every licensed club must have a youth team that will play in the Youth League in accordance with the Club Licensing Regulations.
“When some NPFL players get older and others relocate overseas, the Youth League will serve as a development center for the upcoming generation of players.” In this manner, Elegbeleye informed NPFL Media, “We would have a transition structure and also give the nation options in youth development football at the U-15, U-17, and U-20 levels.”
The ex-international Patrick Paschal, Sabo Abdullahi Eka, Nicholas Morris Kemeghde, Barrister Paul Ede, the chairman of the Benue State Football Association, and Gafar Liameed, the vice chairman of the Lagos State Football Association and owner of the NNL side 36 Lions, are among the other members of the committee. Dr. Sunday Obaseki, the head of competitions for the NPFL, will be the secretary.
According to the Nigeria Premier Football League Chairman, the NPFL Youth League will be held during the one-week mid-season break to determine the qualifiers for a national championship playoff.