Lagos - The League Management Company (LMC) has confirmed
they will make changes to the dates of league games due to the forthcoming
European league seasons.
Most European leagues resume in August, a development which
the LMC feels will affect fan turnout at local league games, and have decided
to change some of the dates so they won’t clash with games from the European
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“The European leagues are starting very soon so we cannot be
playing all our matches on Sundays,” LMC chairman, Shehu Dikko told News24.
“We have to differentiate the dates so we can get fans to
come and watch games and we are even looking at introducing night games but the
problem we have is the lightings at the stadiums.
“But we will try and we may even have our best games on
Wednesday or Friday nights and that will encourage the fans to go out to the
stadiums and watch the games.
“We have to work to keep the momentum of the fans going and
that is what we are going to do,” Dikko stressed.
The Nigerian league has recently recorded improved spectator
turnout at most of the games, but with the big European leagues, especially the
English Premier league set to commence, the LMC fear that may shrink the number
of fans that turn out for games.
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