Rangers
International or Rivers United will play for the league title and forty million
naira on Sunday, the League Management Company has announced.
This
is what the top side in the 2015/16 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL)
will get out of the two hundred million naira total prize money set aside for
the season.
Last
season, the highest payout from the Merit Award which went to Enyimba
International was N30m from a total pool of N150m and this year’s figure of
N200m represents an increase of 25%.
The
Merit Award pool has been witnessing an annual progression from N50m in 2012/13
to N75m in 2013/14 season and now N200m.
The
top three Clubs on the final table usually received the chunk of the Merit
Award which supports the clubs financially in their preparation for the CAF
Club competitions the next season.
According
to figures released by the LMC, the champions would have received a minimum of
N90m in all direct payments for the 2016 season including the Basic Award  which comprises of pool of funds shared
equally amongst all the 20 participating clubs.
This
also includes the Merit award paid to clubs based on their final position on
the table, the Football development and the Bonus award which is paid to clubs
based on performances including incentives for improving match attendance, away
wins/draw, fielding players under the age of 18 and hosting live broadcast
matches.
The
lowest placed team in the NPFL this season would thus have received up to N55m
in direct payments from the LMC from all payment Centres.
A
statement from the LMC explained that “in addition to the direct payments clubs
do also benefit from other indirect payments such as free registration of
players and officials, free insurance, payment of match officials’ indemnities
and hotel accommodation as well as sponsored seminars and other engagements
funded by the LMC”.
Rangers
are three points ahead of Rivers United with the Flying Antelopes hosting
El-Kanemi Warriors at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium now called The Cathedral by
Enugu fans.
Rangers
need a point to guarantee the title while Rivers United go hunting for three
points in Uyo against Akwa United.
The
Port Harcourt side will seek to win big while hoping that Rangers will falter
against their visitors.

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