Former Rangers C.E.O Davidson Owunmi has described the standard of the Globacom Premier League this season as average following theÂ recentÂ performance of the Home-based Eagles.
According to him, the standard of the league is improving despite the problems confronting teams as regards payment of players sign-on fees, crowd violence and some other basic things thatÂ have not been right in the sector. He said problems are part of the challenges in the game but hopes that things will change for the better with time.
â€œI will rate the performance of the league this season average. This can be seen with the good performance of our Home- based Eagles of late. AÂ problem free world is an illusion. We have ourÂ problems but the league, as far as I am concerned, is going on well.
â€œIt is clear with what is happening withÂ the Eagles that we have good products in the league. Saying there is no improvement will be a lie, because it is crystal clearÂ with the performance of our local Eagles.Â Having problems like playersÂ sign-on fees, lack of security, administration and so on is part of the challenges and we can not escape it.
They are there and we must face the challenges and see how we will tackle it.Believe me, other clubs in other countries face similar problems. AsÂ advanced and technically developed as the premiership is, there are clubs that are in problem.
RecentlyÂ in Egypt the players went on strike for four months because ofÂ lack of payment. So this problem is not onlyÂ peculiar to Nigeria alone. But the fact thatÂ it is not peculiar to our country, does not mean we should use these cases not to better our lot.
Some of these things can be tackled when more money is coming into the league, and when you have more money, we need sound administrators.
â€œOne of the problems we have in this country is the problem of leadership.Â There is always room for improvement.
Leadership should be based on the personâ€™s track record, character, pedigree and experience on the job. But when the selection is contrary, then we will haveÂ same old story.