Guest Blog by Olawale Quadry
The Super 4 invitational tournament was surrounded with few controversies; some persons didn’t agree with the competition name for reasons best known to them, some tagged it Super 6, LMC Pre-season tournament, so to them Super 4 is not the best name for the football event.
POST MATCH PRESS CONFERENCE:
I stand to be corrected, I don’t think we have had a post match conference in the history
of Super 4 or Pre-season games before this present one. I think the LMC deserve some thumps up for that.
We hope they make it compulsory for the participating teams in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) starting from this season. It makes the work easier for some of us who report the league.
Officiating in the pre-season tourney for me was excellent, the likes of Orowole Temitope Olayinka Olajide, Anietie Ferdinand Udoh and others interpreted the complicated rules of the game to the best of their knowledge.
We are looking forward to seeing such officiating from you guys when the league resumes.
The LMC didn’t neglect one of the effective mechanisms of bringing people to the stadium, they started the raffle draw thing in the second round of matches, fans won GOTV decorder and GLO Modem from match day two till the end of the tournament.
However, the idea seems not to be that effective enough because the number of fans we recorded on each game day was not too encouraging. Ask Alonge Akinlolu Futball Galore Fisayo Dairo Oba Adeniji Oni Guarantor Afolabi Akande Adesope Taye Hassan Adigun and others who all covered the pre-season tournament for their respective mediums.
I believe we would have witnessed an encouraging number of turn out if the event was staged in the following cities Lagos, Akure, Abia, Port Harcourt with the raffle ticket idea.
I wish this idea can be incorporated into the league. It will go a long way in bringing fans to the stadium. They will not only come to see their teams but stand a chance of go back home with a gift if they were luck to be picked in the raffle draw.
GOOD DISPLAY OF THE ROUND LEATHER GAME:
I don’t think there’s anyone who didn’t like the level of football artistry he or she witnessed at the Super 4. Manu Garba’s Boys have shown to everyone that they are ready to conquer Africa and the world at large but I feel they need to work more on their defence, I’m not too convinced.
The U23 team added some spice to the invitational tournament on the last day (Sunday). Kano Pillars and Enyimba ended the tournament with seven points apiece, Warri Wolves stepped up after the first two matches.
Dolphins FC seems not to be ready for their continental engagement considering their performance but I still feel something drastic can still be done before their first match on the continent.
I stayed in Abuja for good 10 days for the coverage of the tournament and I found out that most of the resident were not aware of the event. The awareness was very poor.
The media accreditation process was not carried out the way we expected the LMC to handle it. We got the accreditation tags on the second match day. I believe that’s not the best practice. In other developing leagues in Africa, their league bodies identify the journalists who report/cover the league and accredit them before the league starts. I hope the LMC will take a cue from them.
Olawale Quadry is a Multimedia Sport Journalist, a Nigeria Football Enthusiast, Passionate about Jesus Christ and always inspired by the Holy Spirit.
He writes for BFC Soccer App and www.naijasportscentre.com. He also blogs on -www.olawalequadry.blogspot.com)
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