The desire to bring the Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL) back to television has been reached as NPFL signed a five-year agreement deal with StarTimes.
The contract was signed on Thursday between the NPFL board and StarTimes in Abuja.
The first year of the deal which is the current season (2023/24) is N1.06bn after which N50m will be paid for a season till the 2027/2028 season.
The President of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Ibrahim Musa Gusau, who led members of the board of the NPFL to the event said the football house will continue to ensure that the Nigerian league is beamed across the globe for immensely talented Nigerian players to be exposed to the world of football.
“It was a promise we made when we came on board to beam football games on our screen and today, we are telling Nigerians that we have achieved that.
“We started with live streaming which will still go on. It was our intention to start this before the league kicked off but we wanted to do a thorough job as we wanted to do things the right way,” he said.
NPFL chairman, Gbenga Elegbeleye, described the event as a right step in the right direction.
“Today is a major step to bring football to the homes of Nigerians. It has been months of painstaking efforts to ensure we bring our football to the TV. We look forward to exciting times in our league. Good times are back in the NPFL,” he declared.
On his part, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of StarTimes, Joshua Wang said the company which offers digital terrestrial television and satellite television services will provide high quality games to Nigerians.
“We have been in Nigeria for several years and we know Nigerians are passionate about football. We give equal opportunities to everyone and this has led to partnership with several football federations such as Rwanda, Tanzania and Ghana.
“We are glad to have secured exclusive rights for five years and we remain committed to developing football in Nigeria,” he said.
According to NPFL, the live broadcast of the league will begin on November 18 with two matches till February 18, 2024 after which it will increase to four games till the 2025 season.
The remaining three seasons would have eight of the games broadcast live to Nigerians.