The Glo Super 4 has been described as a tournament with potentials to become a continental pre-season destination for African teams if properly managed. This view was expressed by Abuja-based businessman and football enthusiast, Nze Sunny Ogbu.
Ogbu, the Chief Executive Officer of Urban Development and Integrated Services (UD & IS) Limited said the tournament which evolved as a stop-gap measure to align the Globacom Premier League season with European calendar, has over the last four years acquired an identity of its own separate from the regular season.
â€œI recall that in 2006, the Nigeria Premier League decided to shorten the season to align their programme with that of Europe . That was the origin of the Super 4 but today, it has become a regular pre-season tournament in Nigeria and I believe the time has come to take it to another level by inviting teams from outside Nigeria â€, Nze Ogbu posited.
He likened the Nigerian scenario to the Emirates Cup in London that pitches Arsenal against other clubs sponsored by Emirates. â€œToday, Globacom is the sponsor of the leagues in Nigeria and Ghana , it will add to the stature of the tournament if the top two or four teams in Ghana are invited to play in the Glo Super 4. The venue can also be rotated between Nigeria and Ghana â€, suggested Ogbu who said he has followed the league in Nigeria since his years in secondary school in the 1980â€™s.
The Glo Super features the top four teams from the Globacom Premier League and the 2009 edition comes up in Ilorin from August 17-22. Bayelsa United, Heartland FC, Enyimba International and Warri Wolves are the clubs in the race for the title. The winner will receive N3m and a trophy.