By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde
In preparation for the live streaming of the 2023/2024 Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL) games, the league took delivery of Artificial Intelligence (AI) cameras on Tuesday.
Nigerian Premier League in partnership with the Nigeria Premier League (NPL) and Propel Sports Africa, the revolutionary AI Cameras have arrived in Nigeria.
The broadcast partner of the league confirmed that clubs won’t be allowed to livestream games for the 2023/2024 season.
It also revealed the 12 centres where games would be broadcast which include Lagos, Ibadan, Benin, Uyo, Aba, Ikenne, Ilorin, Gombe, Jos, Kano, and Katsina.
“We have a signature tune. We want to have a signature tune associated with the NPFL like the UEFA Champions League and the English Premier League,” Basil Kabbani
CEO, Propel Sports Africa revealed.
“Currently we are contracted to 8 out of 10 games every matchday. We are negotiating for the other two games.
“At the moment, you can get 304 games guaranteed out of 380.
It won’t be perfect from the off, but it is a moving project.
We are going to do our best to improve the league…the fans will enjoy it.”
“Teams can record their games and get their content, but they cannot broadcast it live. There will be huge consequences if that happens because we own the rights.” He concluded.
Meanwhile, Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL) clubs are to meet with the newly inaugurated board of the league body on Thursday, August 3.
The meeting scheduled for the Sandralia Hotel in Abuja would be the very first consultative meeting of the club Chairmen/General Managers of the 20 NPFL Clubs.
Whilst the agenda for the meeting was not stated in the invitation letter signed by Davidson Owumi, the Chief Operating Officer, the board members and club Chieftains are likely to hold discussions on the 2023/24 season which has tentatively been set to commence on August 26/27.
The meeting will also avail the new board the opportunity to share their vision and strategy to build on the momentum gained from the last season which the new Chairman, Hon. Gbenga Elegbeleye headed as an interim team.
The NPFL is returning this season with live streaming of games which can be accessed through mobile devices in Nigeria and across the globe.
The meeting on Thursday will also avail the board the opportunity to welcome the newly promoted clubs, namely Sporting Lagos, Kano Pillars, Katsina United, and Heartland.