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Obuh calls for improvements in new football season


PORT HARCOURT- Former National Under 20 Coach John Obuh has called for improvements in the 2014/15 football season, scheduled to start on March 7.
Obuh, who was the manager of Rangers FC of Enugu in the just-concluded season, made the suggestion in a chat with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Port Harcourt on Friday.
He said that players should be airlifted to some match venues while all league centres should be television friendly.
‘’ I wish that the league transport system should be upgraded for airlines to move players to distant venues.
“By the time the league kicks off in March, there will be midweek and weekend matches.
‘’This could affect the productivity of players and officials if not properly handled because of the tight schedule and movements.’’
According to Obuh, the league management committee should ensure that all matches are televised.
‘’ Any centre that is not television friendly should be abolished and teams taken to centres that are television friendly,’’ he said.
The former U-20 coach also urged the League Management Committee to be firm in cases of abandoned matches.
‘’When we say that you abandoned a match and the match remained abandoned and then the point is given to the team that did not abandon the match, if the law says they should be given the point, give them the point.
‘’This will make teams not to abandon matches anyhow. It will bring sanity in our league,’’ he said.
Obuh also called for regular payment of players and coaches’ wages by club owners.
He said that many clubs still owed arrears of the 2013/14 football season, noting that the trend could affect productivity.
‘’Regular payments will assist coaches and management of clubs recruit the required number of players needed for a season,’’ he said.
He said that the just-concluded season was successful, despite some problems in the football house. (NAN)

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