The Nigerian Professional Football League has just entered the second half. With 19 games played, the two clubs atop the League table (Sunshine Stars and Enyimba) share the same number of points and are only seperated by their goal differences and the third-placed and fourth-placed clubs are more than touching distances away from the zenith of the log table. Guess what? Last year’s winners, Kano Pillars, are currently struggling!
The NPFL has now become a very competitive league where there are no pushovers and no club can be so sure of a victory over another (even if you’re playing at home! as is the norm in the league). To predict who will win the league is now a long shot no thanks to how well each club plays week in week out.
But what about the media coverage and all? I guess half of those who will read this probably did not know about the developments in Nigeria’s A league. Reasons? There are a few suspects, namely poor interest from most Nigerian football lovers and poor media coverage. But of the two, poor media coverage has done more damage and unluckily enough, seems to be determinant of how much interest the average Nigerian will show to the NPFL.
My apologies but I don’t know much about the economics or “freakonomics” behind covering football games but how will people even “try” to be interested in the league when the media coverage that exists is barely existent? (I’d like to say here that media coverage is not totally non-existent) How about the writers? Well, from experience, you need to see a game (or if you’re good enough like me, the highlights) to be able to write about it. Again, media is the bad guy here. I could go on and on (truth is I can’t! I’ve run out of options… lol) but it’d be best to draw a conclusion here and that is: The average Nigerian seems to be waiting for increased media coverage of the country’s football league before he can also increase his interest in the league
Don’t get me wrong. There a handful of people who watch the league already and follow it avidly. Some even spend their Matchdays in the stadium! But it won’t hurt to have more people watching through whatever kind of medium and discussing bout it like we do the other leagues right?
I almost forgot! On MatchDay 19, Kano Pillars was away to Lobi Stars. At some point in the game, they led by a 0 – 3 scoreline but the game ended in a draw. Ironic right? I’d say that’s what competitive is! And that is what you have been missing if you haven’t been seeing the NPFL games. Become a fan of the league. Watch it more. Visit stadiums when you can, and watch on TV when you can’t. Talk more about it in your football discussions and force people like us to get involved more by probing us for reviews whenever you miss games. #EnoughSaid
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Author: Rotimi “Papi the Great” Daramola
Rotimi Daramola aka Papi the Great is the owner of ForTheGoal.
A freelance sports writer who focuses on football, Rotimi is also a freelance writer, a copywriter and a football analyst who regularly appears on radio and television to talk football. You can follow him on twitter @papi_thegreat to keep up with his writings, engage him and also find out about how you can secure his writing services.