Lagos - Chairman of the League Management Company (LMC)
Nuduka Irabor has accused sport journalists in the country for the dwindling
fortune of the Glo Nigerian Premier League (NPL).
Irabor sighted negative and low reportage of the NPL as a
bad omen for the growth of the league, and dropped the blame on the door step
of Nigeria sport journalists.
Irabor knew such statement could be followed by another
round of negative reportage, but he is battle ready.
“You can’t do anything to me because I know you will come
after me, but I must say the media has done great dis-service to Nigerian
football”, he said during the League Bloggers Awards, with most attendants sport
writers, in Lagos.
“It is when you report the league that the value go up.
Corporate organizations will put their money in the league when they read about
“Report the league, popularize the league and we all will
enjoy the league. Journalists should stop killing the league”.
He seemed to be aware that he has gone so far at lashing out
at the now-uncomfortable attendants, and resolved for a passionate appeal.
“Let’s turn around and build this league, am willing to work
with you both within and outside the league”.
“I beg you for the sake of the young players who want and
don’t want to go abroad not to underprice the Nigerian league players because
each time we do, their value drops.
It has been alleged that most sport programmes on television
and radio are filled with European football, as well as most pages of the