Nigeria Press over hypes European Leagues at NPFL expense, says LMC boss

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Chairman of the League Management Company Nduka Irabor has accused the media of making the local football leagues inferior to the English Premier League and others in Europe despite its quality of talents.

Irabor said the increasing hype in reportage of foreign football leagues has relegated the domestic league to the back seat while he also lamented the huge investment accrued from watching leagues in Europe at the expense of the local leagues.

He, however, urged journalists in the country to give more attention to reporting the activities in the domestic leagues and help boost the return of football fans to the stadiums.

“We spend too much time talking about the EPL and other foreign leagues. Talk about the Nigeria leagues. We want the media to join us in this because our players are good,” Irabor told media.

“We sit back in Lagos behind your mic and desk and talk about foreign leagues. We play the impression as if it’s not the English Premier League we used to see.

“There is so much happening in the domestic league. Talk about it and see how many fans will come back to the stadium.

“You know how much Nigerians pay for EPL. Bring that money into the domestic league and see if we will not transform it,” he concluded.

The LMC will no doubt expect an improved media promotion in the activities of the league during the Super Four pre-season tournament scheduled to hold from January 24 to February 4 in Abuja.

The 2015 Super Four competition will feature reigning champions Enyimba, league title holders Kano Pillars, Warri Wolves and Dolphins alongside invited U20 and U23 national teams.

The annual round-robin event is expected to serve as a preparatory tournament for league clubs and national team sides participating in continental competitions and championships respectively.

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