20 February 2013

Nigeria: Amao Predicts Best League Season This Year

A former Coach of Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) of Ibadan coach Fatai Amao yesterday said he was optimistic the country's football league was on the verge of producing its best moments.

The league, formerly known as the Nigeria Premier League (NPL), is now to be referred to as the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).

Amao in a telephone that he believed the league's Interim Board had the integrity to take the country's top flight division to its pinnacle.

"I have a lot of confidence in the league's board. They have the requisite competence to bring the best out of our league and take it to its highest level.

"As such, I am optimistic that we are about to witness one of the best moments our league has to offer," he said.

He, however, said the change in the league's name was less important, noting that the most important thing was organising a well-structured competition.

"The change of name matters less because it will not serve as a benchmark for measuring how well the league has fared. Therefore, it's neither a negative or positive decision.

"What is important right now is the organisation; in terms of logistics, security, officiating, match venues and sponsorship packages," Amao said.

He added that the postponement of the league's kick off date to March 9 should be seen as a move aimed at setting a good standard.

"I think the postponement is a positive move because there is no point rushing things when you know you are not fully prepared.

"We need to set a standard that will reflect quality and I believe that the date has been shifted in a bid to get it right," Amao added.


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