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Nigerian Football: Why Our League Should Have More Value – 36 Lion Boss, Gafar Liameed


The Chief Executive Officer of 36 Lion Football Club, Gafar Olawale Liameed has admitted that the state of our Local League must have a great level of value to ensure clubs get paid well for transfer of players abroad.

The Lagos Born Football Guru, noted that cogent systems should be put in place that would prepare the Local League players for these prosperous leagues.

“Most clubs abroad are much more smarter these days, they bargain till the last minute and explore the FIFA financial fair play by even paying you in extra low tranches,”

“From Nigeria we flood the market with numbers but the value has no bearing at all and we can’t keep these young men here for too long otherwise they’ll wither.


“Every single value placed on any footballing nation is the result of the value of that country’s local league.

“If our leagues are good it will trickle positively down to the academies/youth clubs.

“Yours sincerely single handedly increased Osimhen transfer fees from 700K to 3.5 million Euros back in January 2016 in Wolfsburg. My colleagues and their European partners already agreed on 700k before we left Nigeria but I prolonged a meeting of 12 hours to 4 days and we got 3.5.

“If Victor was a Brazilian, his transfer fees to Wolfsburg would have been 15 million Euros as the highest goal scorer of the U-17 World Cup.

Others might have other opinions but this is what I see as the bane of our getting crumbles as transfer fees.


Oluchi Tobe-Chukwu

Oluchi Tobe-Chukwu popularly known as tobex is the Vice chairman of Sports writers Association of Nigeria , lagos Chapter. She Is also the Media Spokesperson of the Super Falcons of Nigeria. She is an award winning women's football writer. Tobex is also an ex footballer that was privileged to play in the first NFF organised women's league in 1990 as a player of Hamza Queens. Her last club as an active footballer was Ibom Angels as She paved way to further her education years ago. She is a Federal Government scholar , with a degree in Mass communication, a second degree in Public Relations and Advertising (Communication Studies). She is a Wife and Mother.

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