Exclusive: Nigeria Football Expert call on Ghana FA to consider EPL fixtures in designing local league fixtures
Nigerian Football Expert and Caf Instructor on Club Licensing Paul Bassey has called on the Ghana Football Association to consider the fixtures for the English Premier League matches when drafting the local league fixtures to give supporters the opportunity to watch the local games.
According to the FIFA Media Committee Member, the Ghanaian league cannot compete with the English Premier league in any way and that the league organizers should look at the EPL fixtures before drafting the local fixtures so that they do not coincide.
In an exclusive interview with Ghanasoccernet.com, Basey said, “The EPL fixtures always come two months before the league starts. The organizers must not put a fixture on a day that Chelsea wi play Manchester United or Liverpool. Nobody will come to the stadium”.
“This is because they are far ahead of your league in terms of quality, attraction and organization. So if for instance an EPL match is on Saturday, push your game to Sunday and vice versa. Or if it is in the afternoon around 4pm, play your game around 1pm. This will get you the fans “.
“So the organizers must take this serious, get the EPL fixtures and design your local fixtures along”.
Paul Bassey is a technical committee member of the Nigerian Football Federation and a FIFA and CAF Match Commissioner.