In as much as we love watching the European Football Leagues, we most often times wished the
Nigeria Football Leagues will be that fascinating too. Seeing that our local football league has
Been plunged into an unconventional woe. We now seem to be taking the low standards as
Sometimes, we seem to be getting it right, but then, we deviate again, and again. Hell No! But for
Us to get it right, we mustadheretosomeoftheimportantfactorsIwillbeoutliningbelow.These
features were critically researched to provide a possible solutions for our Local League
Over the years, the Nigerian Football League has been tormented with fans of “Hooliganism”. The
Home fans, most especially, have made it extremely hard for the opponent’s team to earn
Themselves a draw, more of a win.
Since 1972, when the Nigeria Football League started, it has always been one trouble of match
Insecurity leading to another. In the year 2012, the NFL has been said to be the “World Toughest
League” because of its difficulties to clinch an away win. Not until in 2016 Nasarawa United
Changed the narrative, at the Sani Abacha Stadium in the ancient city of Kano, where they gained
Victory over Kano Pillars with a 2-1 full-time score. Breaking the club’s home win jinxed record for
12 years. It was a world record that was never taken into serious consideration. But it is also
Understood that, that only came with the price of their fan’s hooliganism. That made an
International headlines on various sports outlets.
Such happenings in our league simply keep occurring because the appropriate measures to be
Put in place to curb such fans menace shave has long been neglected.
This has further made the league uninterested for Nigerian Football lovers and
Sponsors/Partners to invest. Though efforts have been made, it seems not to be enough. For
instance, in the English Premier League, not less than 200 policemen are made available for a
single match. Not forgetting that the club also have its own internal security known as “Club
Stewards”. The club stewards are also recruited in handy. This, in the EPL, have yielded a positive,
Responsive and a required outcome. But here in NFL, just about 5-7 policemen are assigned
during a match and most of them stand at the main entrance where gate fees are collected. If we
must talk about how to improve our local league, we must first look at the security management
for the league. We must also talk about the security and safety of the visiting players,
coaches/staff, and the officiating personnel, as well. It should be a piece of common knowledge to note
that if the atmosphere is not secured and taken into consideration, the NFL will fail in its purpose.
In a nutshell, in most foreign football leagues makes it a topmost priority to assign a high
Numbers of security personnel. One policeman is assigned for 1-50 fans. We must learn and
Start cultivating such security strategies they used for their sports or ours will keep remaining in its
SPONSORSHIP & PARTNERSHIP.
If the security solution is surely met, there will surely be offers for the League
sponsorship/partnership and this will most definitely bring massive reboosts to the league.
Those who are willing and ready to sponsor the league through the NFF will do so only if a certain
Attendance is reasonably gained. For this to happen, the NFF need to create an atmosphere for
Sponsors and Partners by ensuring that the security measures are met.
Our stadium is a shuffling thing to talk about. We have just one standard stadium in the whole
Country and that is the “Nest of Champions Stadium”, Akwa Ibom. The rest are already dilapidated
Or nothing worthy to talk of. The fields are filled with syntactic grasses(artificial grass), thus,
Making the players vulnerable to injuries. Every professional football club in Africa and Europe
Are seriously doing away with the syntactic grasses, replacing them with natural grasses on
Match and training pitches.
Technology has been brought upon sports and, football has its own share. We must
Conjoined the home leagues with sports technology. There are “tech vests” recently worn by footballers
(athletes). Such vest helps dictate the heartbeats and gives an immediate alert in case of
Heart attacks and also help read the distance covered by players on the pitch. This has brought
about a drastic reduction in cardiac arrest and the well-being of footballers, unlike before.
There have been due lamentations over the poor wages/salaries of Football Players in the local
league. Most of the players are abandoned to their fate when they sustain chronic and life-threatening injuries, while some clubs terminate the player’s contracts in the name of surplus to
requirements when they can’t treat such players. For the sake of the sport, no one can give their whole
to the sport in fear of such. Unless their pay Is standard, the league will keep losing their best players for amateur clubs in Europe. Such good players end up going for trials in nearby Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, South Africa etc.
The world of sport is so financially buoyant, that even the football players playing their trade in
Our local league should earn something meaningful that will see them living comfortably within
Their earnings. No player playing his or her trade in the local league should be made to regret
Taking such a beautiful career loved by many for a regret.
Unlike our counterparts, South African, their Football League is branding and televising, are on
Other level. A proposed sports TV and Radio Stations should be created in dedication to our local
league. Each of our league matches deserves to be televised live for viewers. As It has always been
noticed, the South African Super sports Channels cannot forsake televising their domestic
leagues matches over ours, never will they. Also, there should be recruits of local Football
Commentators who will take the matches with our local ascent or major dialects. Same thing the
South African do with their Zulu’s and Swahili’s ascent. Same with Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria etc…do
With their Arabian ascent.
Base on a recent survey, it is understood that only about 5% of the Nigeria football lovers know
How exactly the NFL clubs kits looks like. This is a poor indication of how well the Nigerian people
Know about the NFL.
Again, the media (online) outlets of almost every team in the NFL are poorly managed. Where the
Event of the clubs activities and matches are not properly documented, their websites barely have
Knowledge able information to share to the public of their teams. It is supposed to be with just a
Click every details of the club should be obtained by football lovers.
YOUTH PLAYERS DEVELOPMENT.
Most of the Youth Teams in our local leagues are still yet to be established. Just like any
Professional football leagues should consider the growth and development of youth players, we
Seems to be focusing only on the First Team. No league excel the way it wished by abandoning
The “Youth Player Developmental Scheme” and if we must start seeing ours from such angle, we
Must come up some strick rules and guidelines for every Team in the NFL to follow. Rules like,
Every team must have at least 3 sets of it youth teams (U13,U16&U19), respectively. Such youth
team will also have their allowances, tournaments and competitions, as well. Another rule that
will help see a positive outcome in the development of the youth players is giving at least a
certain number of youth players a trial match and promoting them to the senior team every
season. This will make them feel prepared for the higher stages.
The NFF can bring a liaison agreements between the NFL and Ministry of Youth and Sports,
Making sure every youth player attend academic classes. This will also safeguard them for the
Future in case of awful injuries that will terminate any player’s career or when they retire from
The game. They can proceed in life with their academic certificate(s).
There are lots of factors to be considered, but the highlighted factors are advised to be followed
Sequentially because our league is in it prime of ignominy.
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