Fans shun ‘boring’ Nigeria football league
This according to latest public opinion poll results released by NOIPolls.
The poll revealed only 33 percent of local football fans follow the Nigerian Premier League (NPL) mainly because of patriotism and allegiance.
Evidently, polling experiences revealed that most respondents are fans of a football club from their states of origin while those who do not follow the league primarily reported that it is not entertaining enough for them.
Researchers said this was a reflection the local league did not have the ambience or hype of other contemporary league across the globe in terms of officiating, broadcasting and quality stadia
In order to improve on the current standards of the Nigerian domestic league, most Nigerians suggested the league managers should seek better private partnership and sponsorship deals, create better publicity and branding, improve the officiating and most of all ensure that the NPL matches are televised on local stations in Nigeria to attract more followership for the league.
Meanwhile, more findings revealed almost half (49 percent) of Nigerians who watch or follow football out of which the larger share (72 percent) admitted following the EPL because they believe mostly the EPL clubs play good football.
Residents from the South-South zone represent the largest proportion of Nigerians in this category.
Poll results also revealed that a larger proportion of Nigerian football fans (59 percent) consider John Obi Mikel to be the most valuable Nigerian player in the EPL. Other Nigerian players that topped the chart are Ahmed Musa (17 percent), Kelechi Iheanacho (8 percent), Odion Ighalo (5 percent) and ‘Alex Iwobi’ (5 percent) among others.
The opinion poll was conducted in the week of June 22.
It involved telephone interviews of a random nationwide sample. Some 1 000 randomly selected phone-owning Nigerians aged 18 years and above, representing the six geopolitical zones in the country, were interviewed.
– CAJ News
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