The Chairman, Nationwide League, Ibrahim Gusau has pointed accusing fingers at media for dwindling in the fortune of the body
Gusau made the statement on Monday, October 24, 2016 at the press conference of the Bet9ja/NLO Super 8 tournament which was held at Agege Stadium,Lagos.
The chairman was of the opinion that adequate coverage of the league activities will attract spectators.
“One of the most critical issues we are talking here, some people will be talking that there are not more followership for football in Nigeria especially when we are playing here locally, but the issue is not like that. Go and carry all the sports papers, you will see that you will not see the picture of a star player been advertised for football lovers, you have to do that, you cannot be a highest goal scorer in a league and your name will not be recycling in all the papers every day”.
“And it is only when we do that, for example, if players in Lagos now that are not playing in the same group with players of Yobe Dessert Stars and they have been seen the name of one of the star players or highest goal scorers of Yobe Dessert Stars for the past six months, and today Yobe Dessert Stars are in Lagos to play, a lot of people, football lovers will like to come to Agege Stadium and see highest goal scorer for the Dessert Warriors, how did he play, is he really a highest goal scorer? Does he worth it?, so but because we don’t give publicity that it deserves for these young boys, that is why you see most of those teams don’t even come here to see how they can get those players”.
And Gusau also made passionate appeal to Journalists in helping raising the league to an international standard.
“As I have said you people should assist us in working hard to see at least you showcase the performance of these boys so that bigger clubs, elite clubs will come and see how they can graduate them.
And ahead of 2017/2018 season, the Chairman of the Nationwide league revealed that he has written to the Nigeria Professional Football League to mobilise their coaches to scout for talents at the Super 8 which starts tomorrow, Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at the Agege stadium.