There’s has been much excitement about the upcoming Super Six of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).
No doubt, the euphoria has been ignited by the abridged league season that had many shocking results, especially for away sides. Wins and draws were regular occurrences and nothing was predictable as attested by the organizers and stakeholders themselves.
This is not to say there were no glitches here and there, but overall, one was gladdened to see the league end the same time world leagues were calling the 2018/2019 season a wrap.
Concerning the Super Six, the Flying Antelopes and the People’s Elephant will set the ball rolling in the season-ending playoffs in Lagos.
According to the draws which were transparently conducted recently in Abuja in the presence of concerned club owners and participating teams, the two most decorated teams in the Nigerian League will kick-off the round-robin tournament.
Kudos should, however, be given to the League Management Company (LMC) on the success of the abridged league and the proposed grand finale of the Super Six.
Though there are areas the LMC needs to improve to make the Nigeria Professional Football League compete favourably with others in the continent, the major change Nigerian fans would love to see is the return of matches live on Television.
Speaking to AOIFootball.com in a recent chat, Chairman of the LMC, Mallam Shehu Dikko, whilst giving insights on the huge cost of televising matches, promised that the company was doing everything within their power to ensure Nigerians begin to watch their darling clubs live again.
He said: “It will cost the NPFL as much as N15 million for a standard coverage of a game that will meet minimum standards. This cost is because of infrastructure challenges in the stadia around the country.
“We are however taking our time and working round the clock to put in place all that we need to have a good product and to ensure that we resolve the problem such that we won’t encounter any hitch in the future. It’s definitely not easy but doable.
“The objective is to produce all the NPFL matches for live broadcast. If you want to do that, each one will cost about N15 million, which means that each MatchDay will cost N150 million. Where is that money going to come from? So we have to put on our thinking caps to get around this situation.
“We need to be patient to do the right thing. We need to put the right strategies in place, surmount all these problems, source the investments, implement systems to reduce the cost and ensure we do the best for Nigeria.”
One thing is however certain, and that is that Nigerian football is always on the move and lovers of the beautiful game would always come out to cheers their darling teams.
From every nook and cranny, social stratum and walk of life, one thing is undeniable, and that is, the game of football permeates every aspect of Nigerian culture and we look forward to a wonderful climax of the 2018/2019 season.
FULL SUPER SIX FIXTURES
Tuesday, June 4:
3PM: Enyimba FC vs Rangers International
5PM: Ifeanyi Ubah vs Lobi Stars
7PM: Kano Pillars vs Akwa United
Thursday, June 6:
3PM: Akwa United vs FC Ifeanyi Ubah
5PM: Rangers Int’l vs Lobi Stars
7PM: Kano Pillars vs Enyimba
Saturday, June 8:
3PM: Kano Pillars vs FC Ifeanyi Ubah
5PM: Lobi Stars vs Enyimba
7PM: Akwa United vs Rangers Int’l
Monday, June 10:
3PM: Rangers Int’l vs Kano Pillars
5PM: Akwa United vs Lobi Stars
7PM: Enyimba Int’l vs FC Ifeanyi Ubah
Wednesday, June 12:
3PM: Ifeanyi Ubah vs Rangers Int’l
5PM: Enyimba vs Akwa United
7PM: Lobi Stars vs Kano Pillars