By Jeremiah Umahi
The Chairman, League Management Company, Mallam Shehu Dikko, has shed more light on why the LMC has not started enforcing the rule that only CAF licenced coaches can sit on the bench in the NPFL.
Dikko, who is also the 2nd Vice President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), lamented that the country does not have enough qualified coaches at the moment, and needs a pool of trained coaches to enable the administrators have options when they are hiring.
Dikko told exclusively that the LMC are also considering coaches from The Pro League to the NPFL, stating that it will be unfair to ask them to leave because they are not licenced and force the club to hire a licensed coach.
“The issue of getting only licenced coaches to sit on the bench has been there in the rules, and we have always said that we will enforce it.”
“We need to make sure we have enough trained coaches at that level to give the clubs the option to do that; that is why we are not putting much pressure on that.”
“We are also giving waivers to some good coaches who are doing well with their teams to go and get the license, because somebody cannot bring a club from the lower level to the highest level and you will just wake up and tell him to go away that he is not qualified,” explained Dikko.
“We have to give them time to go and get their badges right, otherwise they will not be able to do the job. Somebody cannot be doing well under many big coaches in the national team, for instance, and you ask him to leave because he is not qualified,” added Dikko.

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