Develop women’s league to attract sponsors, Adepoju, Omokaro urge NFF
Mutiu Adepoju, the Technical Adviser, Nigeria Women’s Premier League (NWPL), on Monday urged the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to consciously’ develop female football in the country to attract sponsors.
Adepoju, an ex-international, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that the NFF needed to make conscious improvement of the league for corporate bodies to take over its sponsorship.
The technical adviser noted that private organisations were reluctant to invest in female football, especially the league, because the companies hardly receive returns on their investment.
I can understand why corporate bodies are reluctant because state governments hold 90 per cent of the clubs.
But if the NFF can put in sustainable development measures to improve the NWPL radically, then the private sector would want to invest,’’ he said.
Adepoju said that most of the states running the clubs were not properly funding them, thereby making the league uninteresting.
According to him, most of the clubs in the league hardly honour their away matches due to lack of fund, a development which he added also makes the league to lack substance.
He urged various state governments with female football teams to ensure proper funding in order to facilitate their full participation in the league.
Adepoju also urged the various state governments to get local sponsors for teams in a situation where the government could not fund them.
Also speaking, Bright Omokaro, a former Super Eagles defender, said that for the women’s league to attract sponsors, there had to be drastic improvement in the league structures.
The women’s league needs more improvement to be at par with their contemporaries in other countries, then sponsors will take it more seriously.
We all see the South African leagues and other available leagues in Africa and we are blessed with talented female footballers.
Players and clubs can achieve more if there is a conscious effort by the authorities,” Omokaro said