Enyimba and other NPFL heavyweights: A business model we can learn from. 

Good morning Guys, this post will inspire you. Give it a good read.

In 2004, the initiative of having a grassroot football club, mainly as a platform for recreational activity for the Youth of Ketu Area of Lagos State Nigeria, occurred to Mr Kunle Soname. He started out what we know as “Remo Stars” today as FC DENDER of Lagos. 
In 2010, continual hard work of the club saw them graduate into the second tier of Nigerian Football, the Nigeria National League (NNL). Further development saw the club’s management rebrand its organization. They played in the top division in Nigerian football, the Nigerian Premier League after promotion in 2016. After placing 20th in the 2017 season, they were relegated by after just one season.

For the owner of the club side, Mr Kunle Soname, It is not all about the football on the pitch but the off pitch business too. Remo Stars boast of an Under 13, Under 15, Under 17 and then the main team. A more reason why the club are thriving in producing talents because it embraces the true concept of “Total Football”. 

In the last six years, Remo Stars have exported home grown talents abroad, six of which are Edward Abubu, Gbadamosi Ibrahim, Ofufu N. Ibeh, Dayo Femi and Ayomide Akiode all of which have moved to CD Feriensce in the Portuguese elite division, a club also owned by the Chairman of Remo Stars, Mr Kunle Soname. 

Just recently, the club confirmed the departure of Isa Aliyu to Armenia side Lori FC. The Kaduna Born Attacker signed a two years deal after completing his medicals on Thursday and was unveiled to the media in Armenia. The club also produced one of NPFL’s finest goal scorers in recent season, Victor Mbaoma of Akwa Utd and a midfield masetro in Oche Salefu of Rivers Utd. It was reliably gathered that a breach in contract agreement didn’t allow both players to sign for MFM FC of Lagos, no thanks to the club’s management understating what really means to have both players in their books. 

Sources says both players arrived Rivers Utd and Akwa Utd in excess of 10million naira as loan fee. Make that good business in the NPFL!  The club has boast of a private stadium under construction. Despite the club’s involvement in the NNL this season and losing of their two prized assest, Victor and Oche, the club has new players already who are stepping up to fill the void, Chisom and Marcus are names that comes to mind. 

This players’ trend is only possible for the club to do because the right structure for such to thrive is already in place. Questions now needs to asked of the big boys in the NPFL, Enyimba, Rangers Intl, Kano Pillars, etc. Are the perennial champions of the NPFL being run the way football is being managed in other climes?! 

Remo Stars FC of Ogun State might have got relegated in their debut NPFL season but the Sagamu based side are showing top NPFL clubs how and what it really means to do the football business and beyond. Isn’t it high time NPFL clubs took Remo Stars as a model for Football structure and business. 

Written by NPFL lover and ardent follower, the one we call Mike the Pundit. Follow him on Twitter via @michaellmianvan

Back tomorrow fellas, 



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