Actor laments state of Nigerian football

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Kelvin Ekerete

Hollywood actor, Alesh Onilegbale, says he is saddened by the poor state of the Nigerian league.

Onilegbale, a staunch Stationary Stores fan, lamented the fallen standard of the league, which was once the benchmark for other countries in Africa.

The Odunfa caucus member, while speaking on PUNCH’s online programm, Stars talk Football, on Thursday, says the poor management of the league is the major reason why millions of Nigerians have turned to supporters of European clubs.

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“Back then, each stadium was always filled to the brim when it was time for league games. People used to hang on the edges of the Onikan Stadium. I don’t know how the football handlers turned us to become die-hard fans of European teams and why we’ve been made not to enjoy our own games,” Onilegbale said.

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“I don’t know how club managers got to the point where they owe players.

“People like us don’t want to watch the league anymore because the quality, prestige and fantasy has been taken away. We are in an era where a player can beat up a referee or fans run onto the field to attack a referee.

“In the past, people who played for domestic clubs lived like kings. Even though they were not earning in foreign currencies, they lived well,” Onilegbale added.

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