NPFL: Bewarang calls for change in game time

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– Bitrus Bewarang, General Manager of Plateau United, on Friday said a shift in the timing of Nigerian League would help increase the attendance of fans at match venues.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Bewarang and his fellow managers in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) are battling low turnout of fans at their stadiums on match days.

Bewarang explained that a change in the scheduling of local league games was necessary so as avoid a clash the English Premier League (EPL) games.

“I wish it was possible for our timings to be changed because we have noticed that our gate takings increase slightly when the EPL is on recess.

“But as soon as there is a clash with EPL games, we hardly see people at the stadiums because of their preference for the EPL,” he said.

He also gave an example of an incident at the Plateau United stadium where a viewing centre had more fans in it than those at the stadium watching the league match.
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“It tells you about the perception of our people here.

“I think we really need to do a lot more and I don’t know what else we can do to solve this problem.

“Even when you decide to throw the gates open or mouth-watering offers to fans, they still are not interested in them,” Bewarang said.

NAN also reports that the NPFL week four matches are expected to be played in various stadiums across the country this weekend. (NAN)
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