The road accident suffered by Kano Pillars’ team handlers, Baba Ganaru, Abdul Maikaba and Kabiru Baleria on Thursday, again highlights the dangers of consistent road trips for players and clubs officials according to Dolphins of Port Harcourt manager, Stanley Eguma.
There is an incessant practice of traveling by the ever congested Nigerian roads by teams in the Glo Nigeria Premier League (NPL) irrespective of distance, which Eguma denotes as a “dangerous” idea for the fledgling football business in the country.
“It is no secret that most roads in Nigeria are riddled with risks and difficulties,” Eguma told supersport.com. “I don’t understand why teams travel by road despite the dangers they face.”
He however proffered solution in that regard, stressing the need for corporate and private partnership in the NPL.
“With effective marketing and branding, we can get corporate bodies and well-meaning individuals to partner with our clubs.
“These sponsors will make the monies available and things will change,” added Eguma.
“The current situation does not allow teams to effectively express themselves.
“Sometimes, teams have to travel twice in a week on very bad roads. It affects the quality of play because the players usually do no recover from fatigue they face.
“If we are to achieve our full potentials, things must change.”