The former chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Sports, Hon Godfrey Gaiya has, again, hailed the improvement of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL), due to the level of officiating and turn out of spectators across the different stadia in the country in recent times.
Gaiya, in an exclusive chat with LEADERSHIP Sports, thumbed-up the officiating and commended the players for their improved showing which, he said, has automatically driven the fans to the stadium.
“In the recent past, you would see big teams playing virtually in empty stadia, but, in the last five weeks that our league has commenced, I have noticed in some centres where you have large turn-out of spectators, fans and supporters rooting for their clubs. I noticed that during the Lagos derby between Ikorodu United and MFM FC, the stadium fans turned out massively. The same was seen in Kano, Ibadan, Makurdi and Akure,” he said.
Gaiya who is also the proprietor of JZ United of Kaduna added enthused that the turn-out must be due to the impression on supporters that league matches are now better handled by referees.
“We have to give the players credit for the displays; we may not be where we want to be, but we have really improved,” Gaiya said.