Austin Eguavoen, a former Tremendous Eagles Coach, on Tuesday urged soccer followers within the nation to shun violence.
He additionally referred to as on the membership managers within the Nigeria Skilled Soccer League and different decrease divisions of the home league to affix them within the marketing campaign in opposition to violence.
Eguavoen, additionally a former coach of Gombe United FC, made the attraction in an interview with the Information Company of Nigeria in Lagos in opposition to the backdrop of a sequence of match violence within the home league.
He stated that pretty much as good sports activities fans, dropping is a part of what they signed up for. Eguavoen additionally referred to as on referees to stay to the principles of the sport with out concern or favour.
“It’s unlucky that that is nonetheless occurring, followers want to know that they’ll’t win each match, dropping can be a part of the sport.
“If a referee performs truthful, it’s proof for folks to see, deciphering the principles of the sport ought to be clear, some folks can’t management their feelings.
“Some folks simply flip on the slightest provocation; followers want to look at objectively; violence doesn’t resolve something, if something it doesn’t make the league look respected,” he stated.
NAN reviews that one of many circumstances of violence within the league was the match between Kano Pillars and Akwa United FC.
On his expectations for the 2021/2022 season, Eguavoen, a member of the 1994 Nations Cup-winning squad, instructed NAN that aligning the league with the remainder of the world is crucial.
“I anticipate them to start out on time. It often takes its toll on the groups representing us at our continental engagements.
“I anticipate them to place their homes so as. So long as sponsorship is sealed, each different factor might be taken care of.
“In all, consistency is the key phrase right here, you possibly can’t beat a group that has match health in comparison with a group with coaching health; our league ought to begin and finish on the stipulated time,” he stated.
Eguavoen additionally applauded the League Administration Firm and membership managers, for working towards the frequent aim of the NPFL.
“Despite the fact that there’s room for enchancment, we should not flip a blind eye to what they’ve been capable of obtain, not like earlier than we barely hear about gamers being owed. That is commendable and I consider it should solely get higher,” the coach stated.