Lagos – Fan Ndubuoke, a former General Manager of Heartland FC of Owerri, on Monday commended the League Management Committee for giving the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) a new lease of life.
Ndubuoke told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that the LMC’s efforts had impacted positively on the image of the league.
He advised the body not to relent in working to improve the standard of the national league.
“Everybody is happy with what is happening in respect of the reforms in the league and we are now having credible results.
“So Nigerians are happy that at least, officiating has improved, match attendance has gone up considerably and generally, there is a remarkable improvement in the local league.
“But that again does not mean that we don’t have areas of possible improvement, there are still many areas that the LMC needs to look into, so that we can make our league attractive,’’ he said.
Ndubuoke, who was a former National Chairman of the Sports Writers Association of Nigeria (SWAN), said the league should be packaged in a manner that it would attract players from abroad.
“We need to take our league to the level where players from neighbouring countries and other regions of Africa could come and ply their trade in Nigeria.
“The aim of every Nigerian player now is to go to Egypt to play professional football.
“To go to Tunisia to play professional football and these are teams that are in the international realm and on the continental platform.
“So what is it that we are not getting right at the club level now?
“That is the next assignment for the LMC,’’ he added. (NAN)