Iorfa charges sports writ­ers to pro­mote home-based play­ers

Daily Trust - - SPORT - By David Ngobua @Ngob­ua­david

For­mer in­ter­na­tional and vicechair­man of Lobi Stars, Do­minic Iorfa has called on sports writ­ers in Nige­ria to give more at­ten­tion to football play­ers who are ply­ing their trade in the do­mes­tic league.

Ac­cord­ing to the Media Of­fi­cer of Lobi Stars, Mark Agbo, the for­mer Queens Park Rangers star stated this at the in­ter­na­tional ca­pac­ity build­ing work­shop or­gan­ised by Sport­sPro.ng in La­gos.

While re­act­ing to a pa­per ti­tled ‘Sports and global media man­age­ment in a lo­cal con­tent’ de­liv­ered by ace broad­caster, Larry Izamoje of Brila FM, Iorfa ob­served with con­cern that Nige­rian media prac­ti­tion­ers of­ten­times pay too much at­ten­tion to for­eign leagues and the play­ers.

He added in a tele­phone chat yesterday with Daily Trust that such prac­tice is un­healthy for Nige­rian football be­cause lo­cal tal­ents will hardly be iden­ti­fied and recog­nised for nur­tur­ing.

Iorfa said the media played a great role in pro­ject­ing him to the whole world when he started out at the once fa­mous BCC Lions FC of Gboko.

“The media in Nige­ria is do­ing a good job but more can be done in pro­ject­ing our lo­cal tal­ents. Home based play­ers and the do­mes­tic league should not be aban­doned.

“I have ob­served that most times, our media de­vote so much time to hap­pen­ings in the for­eign leagues while do­ing lit­tle or noth­ing about our own league.

“The media was most sup­port­ive in our days and I be­lieve the media in Nige­ria can still do even bet­ter this time for the good of Nige­rian football.”

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