NPFL Coaches Say No to Festive Break: Advocating for Continuous League Play Amidst Holiday Cheer

NPFL Coaches Say No to Festive Break: Advocating for Continuous League Play Amidst Holiday Cheer

Some Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL) coaches have expressed a collective stance against the proposed festive break, citing reasons focused on maintaining team momentum and captivating audience engagement during the festive period.

NPFL Coaches Say No to Festive Break: Advocating for Continuous League Play Amidst Holiday Cheer

In exclusive conversations with emerging Broadcast Journalist and commentator, Onah Kosisochukwu, coaches shared their perspectives, emphasizing the significance of uninterrupted play while acknowledging the balance between footballing commitments and public safety.

Kabiru Dogo, coach of Kwara United, highlighted the global tradition of heightened gatherings during festive seasons, Footballrover reports.

He voiced his belief that these moments serve as prime opportunities to showcase the beauty of the league, with stadiums potentially brimming with enthusiastic supporters.

Dogo explained the importance of training during this period to sustain momentum and elevate the league’s image both domestically and internationally.

What I think is that we should be training for now. During the festive period, that’s when you can easily have people at the stadium. This is time for Nigerians, home and abroad, to see what we are doing so they can take the image of the league outside the country,” Dogo said.

Contrarily, Daniel Ogunmodede, Remo Stars’ coach, expressed concerns for people’s safety while acknowledging the impact of a break on team form.

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He advocated for a continuation of the league but prioritized the well-being of individuals.

For me, as a coach, it’s important that we continue the league because of the form of my team. I know what it means when you give a break, you come back and start struggling again,” he said.

Ogunmodede highlighted the complexity of the situation and expressed hope in the league organizers’ ability to navigate these challenging circumstances judiciously.

The lives of people are very important. How I wish there were other means we could go about it not to put the lives of people at risk. The league organisers know best; they know what to do, and I hope they do the right thing to salvage the moment,” the coach concluded.

In response to the coaches’ perspectives, the NPFL has taken decisive action by amending fixtures.

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Matchday 15, initially slated for December 24, has been rescheduled to December 21, ensuring continuous football action.

Additionally, Matchday 16, originally planned for December 31, has also been moved up to December 28, aligning with the coaches’ desire for uninterrupted league play.

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