With careful planning, Nigeria can dominate African football, says Barca Academy boss
Nigeria should be competing with the best football playing nations of the world with all the human resources available to the country, chairman of the Barca Academy Nigeria, Leslie Oghomienor has said.
The Blaugrana Group boss is worried that the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) is languishing in the eight position in the rating of African leagues, arguing that the country should instead be the reference point for other African league.
Oghomienor said in a statement yesterday that the CAF rating should spur managers of the league, clubs and other stakeholders to plan for ways to raise the standard of the competition, arguing that there are so many talented young men available for the clubs to nurture and engage in the battle for top honours in the continent.
He applauded the Federal Government, the PTF, and the Sports Ministry for their efforts to ensure the resumption of sporting activities in the country, while calling on the League Management Company (LMC) and other stakeholders to work out the best approach to achieve the goal of being the best in Africa.
“In terms of quality of players, we have the capability and capacity to comfortably win any global football competition.
“Many Nigerian players are doing the country proud abroad, performing excellently in their various clubs. Here, we need to work more in providing infrastructure, financing and promotion of the league to attract the kind of followership and viewership like their foreign equals.
“What is required is serious and sustainable development and government/corporate support, world class facilities and sound technical support and administration. With all these in place and a good attitude on the part of the stakeholders, we can boldly compete with other countries and win.”
Oghomienor urged government at all levels, as well as corporate Nigeria and sports investors to fully support the NPFL the way they support European leagues through endorsements, adding that buoyant NPFL will aid rapid development of Nigerian football from the grassroots.