Nigerian football cannot grow until the country’s domestic football leagues are revamped Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) President Amaju Pinnick has said.
Pinnick blamed the parlous state of Nigeria’s leagues on a lack of TV coverage and attendant revenues but said the Federation is working to “remedy the situation”.
“Every league depends on money accruing from television rights for survival. Ours cannot be different,” Pinnick said.
“We will look at where we got it wrong and see how we can remedy the situation. Our football cannot grow to our potential if we don’t get the local league right,” he added.
The Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) recently signed a multi-year TV deal with China’s Next TV details of which are yet to be fully revealed.