Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Why NPL can’t attract fans to stadia – Marawa

One of SuperSport’s top presenters, Robert Marawa (pictured), has taken a look at the reason behind the lack of football fans during matches of the Nigeria Premier League (NPL).
In the 1970s and 1980s, the Nigerian league was not short of big names that included the likes of Segun Odegbami, late Haruna Ilerika, late Muda Lawal, late Best Ogedegbe, Christian Chukwu, Adokiye Amiesimaka, Felix Owolabi and Stephen Keshi among others.
Though there is conscientious efforts to shore up publicity players in the NPL lately, Marawa believes that Nigeria’s problem in that area zeroes in on the inability to create many stars on the local front compared to those abroad.
In an online interactive session conducted on on Wednesday, the presenter of SuperDiski, Extra Time and Thursday Night, explained that the top-flight in Nigeria lacks top stars that can lure fans to the various venues of the league games.
But Marawa, who some regard as controversial for his unbiased style of reporting and analysis as it concerns South African football, said it is not all gloom for the Nigerian elite division as it has improved in recent times.
“The Nigerian PL has improved a lot but is not able to create too many local superstars that can attract the fans to the stadia on a regular basis as many Nigerian players do well plying their trade in Europe,” said Marawa.

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