Fans reject local league in favour of English game
from OKORO CHINEDU in Lagos, Nigeria
LAGOS – A POLL by a leading regional think-tank has established a startling 75 percent of the local population does not follow the local football league but love the English version of the game.
The remaining 25 percent that followed the Nigerian Premier League
indicated they did so out of “patriotism.”
The 2014/2015 Premier League is the 23rd season of the English Premier
League since its formation in 1992. Manchester City has started the season
as defending champions of the 2013/2014 season while a total of 20 teams
will contest the league.
“As the 2014/2015 Premier League season progresses, the league table will reflect the actual performance of the teams when compared with ratings criteria and predictions.
“Against this background, NOIPolls conducted its Football Special Edition
Poll with a focus on the English and Nigerian Premier Football Leagues to
explore followership and perceptions about these leagues.
“This is the third in the annual Football Special Edition Poll series traditionally conducted by NOIPolls at the start of the English Premier League season following on from previous polls conducted in 2012 and 2013.
To ascertain the proportion of Nigerians who follow the English Premier
League, respondents were asked the question, “Do you follow the English
Premier Football League?”
According to NOIPolls, responses show that 70 percent of adult Nigerians
surveyed acknowledged that they followed the English Premier League while 30 percent of respondents indicated they did not.
More male respondents than female follow the EPL (79 percent compared with 60 percent), while a comparison of respondents across geo-political zones revealed that the North-East had the highest proportion that followed the EPL.
Additionally, followership of the EPL is highest among respondents in the
22 – 29 year age-group (82 percent).
To determine the percentage of respondents who follow the NPL, respondents were asked, “Do you follow the Nigerian Premier League?”
Three quarters of respondents surveyed stated that they did not follow the
Nigerian Premier League (NPL) while 25 percent indicated that they
followed the local league.
The highest proportion of respondents who followed the NPL were aged 61
years and above (48 percent) though followership is also high in the 18-21
years age group.
Additionally, followership of the NPL was highest in the North-East zone
Kano Pillars has the largest share of supporters in the Nigerian Premier
League (40 percent) followed by Enyimba with 21 percent, NOIPolls
– CAJ News
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