Lagos — The call to internationalise the Glo Super 4 tournament has again been made to the owners of fhe competition. Abuja-based businessman and football enthusiast, Nze Sunny Ogbu. Describing the Super 4 as a tournament with plenty of continental potentials said again at the weekend, given the keen contest that took place in Ilorin all week long that the competition could become the pre-season destination for African teams if properly managed.
Ogbu, the Chief Executive Officer of Urban Development and Integrated Services (UD & IS) Limited said the tournament which evolved as a stop-gap measure to align the Globacom Premier League season with European calendar, has over the last four years acquired an identity of its own, separate from the regular season.
"I recall that in 2006, the Nigeria Premier League decided to shorten the season to align their programme with that of Europe. That was the origin of the Super 4. But today, it has become a regular pre-season tournament in Nigeria and I believe the time has come to take it to another level by inviting teams from outside Nigeria ", Nze Ogbu posited.
He likened the Nigerian scenario to the Emirates Cup in London that pitches Arsenal against other clubs sponsored by the Emirates Stadium. "Today, Globacom is the sponsor of the leagues in Nigeria and Ghana. It would add to the stature of the tournament if the top-two in Ghana were invited to play in the Glo Super 4.
The venue can also be rotated between Nigeria and Ghana, " suggested Ogbu who said he has followed the league in Nigeria since his years in secondary school in the 1980's.
The Glo Super 4 features the top-four teams of the Globacom Premier League. The 2009 edition was concluded at the weekend in Ilorin with Heartland Football Club coming from behind to win the title from front-runner, Enyimba. The other two clubs that took part in the tournament were the 2008/09 champions Bayelsa United and Warri Wolves.