Nigerian football just like the country, says Baribote

Chairman of the Nigeria Premier League, NPL, Victor Baribote Rumsen says Nigerian football is as bad as the country itself so the problems of the league should not be looked at isolation.

In his own words, Baribote told that, “The football system in Nigeria is like that of the country where nothing works.”

The chairman add that everyone who loves Nigerian football must come together to sort out the problems in the sector.

“I think we should all work together to fix the problem of the league. Nigeria as a whole has a problem and just like we have to all joined hands to fix the country we must do the same for our football.

“I will give an example with the English Premier League and most Nigerians do not even know that when they started they were given a huge grant by the government but what have we done to make the league better here?” he asked.

He also took jabs at the press who he said have not reported positively about the League.

“Almost every Nigerian knows Wayne Rooney but how many of our League players can we identify? The press have not done enough in that regard. The press here is more interested in reporting negativity and scandals involving administrators rather than report the actors in the league and we must change.

“We are not saying the press should not report negativity but they have to water it down because that is the way to help the league grow.”

Victor Baribote Rumson also gave knocks to certain people who call themselves stakeholders in Nigerian football but have done little or nothing to help the league.

“Being a stakeholder is not just about what you stand to gain from Nigerian football but what you have given to its growth and my question to those who call themselves stakeholders is what have they given to help Nigerian football grow?

“The Premier League is the pride of every Nigerian and together we must help it grow.”

The NPL have been in the news recently as regards financial scandals revealed by a group of auditors leading to the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF querying them in respect of allegations of inappropriate management of funds related to broadcast right fees, as contained in the report of its auditors.
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