Felix Anyansi-Agwu, a board member of the Nigeria Football Association (NFA), on Thursday condemned Nigerians’ passion for European and English football leagues as opposed to the local league. Mr. Anyansi-Agwu said in Aba, Abia, that the apathy towards the local league is not helping the development of football in the country. “Nigerians prefer to watch European leagues at the expense of the local one, a development that is seriously affecting the growth of Nigerian leagues,” the official said. Mr. Ayansi-Agwu said the poor attitude of Nigerians towards the local league led to the low turnout at the premiership game between Aba-based Enyimba FC and Kaduna United FC on Sunday in Aba, despite of the enormous publicity in the print and electronic media. “The situation is not peculiar to Aba; the same is happening in Enugu, Owerri and other centres across the country, where the Nigerian Premier League or other local matches are played”. He said the situation would negatively affect the talent hunt and other soccer-related programmes targeted at the youths.
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