Heartland FC forward Emmanuel Adachi appears to have lent credence to widespread belief that home teams in the NPFL abhor live broadcasts of their games because it makes winning more difficult.
The Naze Warriors bid to make it five games without a loss as they take on Dakkada FC on Thursday in a game that will be broadcast on the league’s live streaming app NPFL.TV and nationally on the NTA.
Both sides are locked on 14 points, although Heartland has played a game more.
Speaking ahead of the encounter in Owerri Adachi said the Fidelis Ilechukwu’s side are committed to securing all three points at home but acknowledged that victory may be difficult to achieve ‘because its a live match’.
He, however, expressed confidence in his team’s ability to secure a win regardless of the added burden of live cameras.
“We are promising the Imolites maximum three points on Thursday, but I know it will not be an easy game because its a live match,” Adachi said.
“But I believe the team, I believe the boys, I believe my team, the Coaches, we always play with the instruction that’s why we keep winning and I promise, that we are going to win that match.”
Adachi’s comments echo and confirm widespread belief that having matches on television not only creates the atmosphere for away sides play without fear, but also ensures transparent and accountable officiating – much to the chagrin of home sides who find it impossible to influence games in the underhand manner they’re used to without the glare of cameras.
This season has seen a return of league games to television screens after more than two years with the added innovation of an app which ensures games can be viewed from any part of the world.
While the development has been hailed by many followers of the league and it appears not everyone is welcoming of the added scrutiny television confers.