Nigeria Football

Bright Omokaro, an ex-international, on Wednesday said the only way to curb violence in the Nigeria Professional Football League would be to privatise government-owned clubs in order to instil discipline.

The former Oluyole Warrior defender now known as Shooting Stars FC of Ibadan told newsmen in Lagos that discipline, which should be the hallmark of the league was lacking.

He said in developed countries, football is handled like other businesses, which has made it a profitable venture.

“I believe that if these clubs are owned by private individuals or groups of companies whose sole aim is to break even, make profit, violence will stop.

“A businessman wants return on any investment. He knows if his team and fans do not make the stadium peaceful, nobody will pay to come to the stadium to watch their matches.

“Then, again players won’t want to be tagged as unruly so as not to reduce their chances of being eligible for recruitment by clubs.

“If football is being run like a business as it should, I strongly believe that things will change. The mentality of players and fans will change because there is so much at stake.

According to him, the fines being imposed by the League Management Company has not stopped the violence.

Newsmen recall that the recent NPFL Super Six match between Rangers International of Enugu and Kano Pillars ended in violence at the Agege Stadium, Lagos State.

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