The best 11 players and coach selected by the Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL) All Stars Committee will, at the end of the coming season, embark on a training tour of Spain to play friendly games against some La Liga teams, NPFL Chairman, Gbenga Elegbeleye, has said.
The team would also get opportunity to be trained by some of Spain’s coaches during the tour.
Speaking during the inauguration of the Team of the Month Selection Committee, headed by ex-international, Daniel Amokachi, Elegbeleye said, “the Nigerian Premier League (NPL) board has an agreement with a La Liga club, who said they would be ready to host the best of the country’s league to a playing tour of Spain.
“They will arrange friendly matches for the team, which will be trained by some of Spain’s best coaches.”
He said that his board would soon
provide policy guidelines and schemes aimed at making the league attractive to corporate sponsors, stakeholders, players and fans.
Elegbeleye said: “The idea of a technical committee for Team of the Month Selection may not be entirely new, but we are including the added flavour and benefits of going to have an end of season team, an All-Star squad that will spend two weeks in Spain playing friendly games with top LaLiga sides.
“This is an agreement we have secured with a top LaLiga club to host our NPFL select and arrange for them to play against some other top teams in Spain. This, no doubt, will be an enriching experience for the players, as they will have the opportunity to train and play against some of the very best. It has the added edge of going to form the nucleus of a future CHAN Eagles team.”
Elegbeleye disclosed that the NPL board thoroughly assessed the individuals before selecting them as members of the panel to cut across players, coaches and the media.
“To those we have invited to this panel, please consider this a call to serve the growth of domestic football because if you were to give us professional billing, we may not meet such demands at the moment. But I can assure you that the NPFL Board is going on a trajectory of financial buoyancy that will be unfolded in no distant time,” he said.
Replying on behalf of the committee, Amokachi promised that they would do a thorough job of ensuring they select only the best performers in the team of the month.
Other members of the committee are Nigeria Football Federation’s (NFF) Technical Director, Austin Eguavoen, Harrison Jalla, top journalists, respected Journalists, Mitchel Obi, Segun Agbede and Deji Omotoyinbo.
Also in the committee are Coach Manu Garba, Coach Godwin Uwauh and Davidson Adejuwon, a former Director of defunct NPFL side, MFN.