Chairman of the Bauch State Football Association Patrick Pascal has offered his suggestion on the way forward for the beleaguered Nigeria Professional Football League.
The 45 year old Ex-forward is of the view that overwhelming private involvement in the NPFL will dramatically improve the standard of the league and help in preventing more of our promising talents leaving the shores of Nigeria only to go waste in obscure leagues (incidentally, this is one of the factors cited by Gernot Rohr for reasons he feels perplexed to invite homebased players to the national team).
Speaking to journalists recently, Patrick Pascal said : “For me the structure and set up of our league needs to change. The private sector and companies need to come in and run the clubs more professionally and make a profit.”
He said further: “Today most clubs owned by state governments are being run like a charity organisation, we cannot continue like this.
We need to make sure our best players in the league are not travelling abroad after every season due to poor remuneration.”
So I think the League Management Committee itself should be a largely private-led enterprise with minimal public involvement.
That way, the NPFL itself can be a marketable and an attractive product.
Soccer loving Nigerians deserve much better than the NPFL is currently providing. The talents are there, what we need is the right structure to make the league marketable, profitable, exciting and rewarding (to all concerned).