By KATE OBODO
Former Super Eagles player Thompson Oliha has expressed sadness over the poor running of the Nigeria Premier League, NPL.
According to him, the Nigerian League would have gone better and stronger than any other if the organizers are more focussed on of media coverage, which he said is one way that sponsors will be attracted to sponsor the league.
“First of all, the organization is poor. We should go back to the drawing board and organize ourselves very well. Most importantly, there should be television stations that will show league matches as it is done in Europe. These things we lack in our system and what our organizers do not know is that the media is very important when it comes to football and cannot not be done without.
There should be media coverage with at least one or two television stations that will cover the whole matches so that everybody can see where the manipulations are coming from.
“Secondly, we should be strict with our policies and decisions so that when we make a decision we stand by it and not one man making a decision without others knowing.
Continuing on sponsor, Oliha said: “Talking about sponsorship in our league, there can not be sponsors without media coverage. If there is media coverage there will be a lot of sponsors.
Everybody wants to see his product on television. If there is no television coverage how do you think our league can grow or develop. Like the British, Spanish or even the Italian league is being televised, people say it is corrupt but we still see them on television. Why can’t we see our own on television.
“Our going forward depends on Nigerians, because 90% of the people who run the affairs do not want anybody who knows the game to carry them along or help them. Everybody is taking his or her own decision the way he or she likes, which is wrong. We must carry the people along if we must succeed in our league.
This is where we need ex-Internationals to come in and help so that we can have a smooth league. With the kind of people we have there, I doubt if things will change,” he concluded.