Baribote wants press, public to judge him

Chairman of the Nigeria Premier League, Victor Baribote Rumson says he wants the press and Nigerian public to judge his performance so far as chairman of the League board.
The chairman told that he believes he has gotten it right but wants to hear from the public.

“The eyes cannot see itself unless it’s a reflection so I want the public or the press who are the mouth piece of the masses to judge because they are the observers but if you ask me, I will say we have done very well in handling the League especially in the last football season,” Baribote said.

He agreed that he has not been in the good books of the Nigerian media but quickly defended the running of the league by the board.

“It is very easy to criticize from the outside but when you are there it is difficult to do those things you talked about.

“If the organization of the league is poor as claimed by some section of the media then we would not have been adjudged the best league in Africa,” he said.

“For a neutral body outside the country to name us the strongest league in Africa then it means there is something we are doing or have been doing that is right and I want to just look at it from that point of view.”

According to Baribote, the present board of the League must be commended for running the League without a title sponsor.

“Remember the season before last was said to be the longest league season in the world because of problems we had but this time we ended the season in eight months so we need to be commended.

“There was also a season where we had close to one billion naira in collective sponsorship money but things were still difficult financially so you can imagine how bad it was for us in the last two seasons when there was not title sponsor.”

He named some positives as the fact that every club dropped points at home removing the argument that Nigerian clubs always win at home and almost all clubs got points at home.

“Things have changed for the better. We should think more positively about our league.”
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