Confederation of African Football, CAF Match Commissioner, Etubom Paul Bassey, has declared that the Nigeria Professional Football League must align with other leagues in Europe in order to enhance the success of the country’s club on the continent.
Bassey was speaking in an exclusive chat with Nigeria Pilot Sports after presenting his paper at the NFF/LMC Match Commissioners’ Seminar in Abuja.
“Our league must align with Europe. Our league must start early. That way we’ll helping teams who have qualified to play in continental tournaments to prepare well, start playing before facing their opponents in Africa,” said Bassey.
The veteran journalist also spoke on the state of stadia in the country. He noted that there has been some improvement from last year.
“75% of the stadia failed the LMC test last year.
“This year, there has been grading. Stadia without proper certification may find it hard to pass the test,” added Bassey who is also a CAF Instructor on club Licensing.
“Some of these stadiums belongs to government and clubs have no say on how they’re managed. They must be milestone. Eighty percent of stadia use in this country does not meet requirements.
Bassey said as way out, Nigeria must follow the path being charted by CAF whereby every country is now required to appoint a club licencing officer who whose duty would be to liaise with clubs.
He urged authorities to ensure stadia are properly certified by CAF and Fifa to meet certain at their inception.

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