Iorfa charges sports writers to promote home-based players
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.”