The Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) has come under heavy criticism over its live coverage of the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier between the country’s men football team and their Republic of Benin counterparts.
The match, won by the Super Eagles, was played at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo, Akwa Ibom state on Wednesday.
Shortly after the game commenced, some Nigerians took to Twitter to berate the broadcasting company over what they described as “poor picture quality” and “bad commentary analysis” of the match.
“Someone Said NTA used a 2MP front camera to video the match. #ShameOnNTA,” a Twitter user said.
“Y’all keep shouting about how Supersport has created a monopoly and that the govt should chase them, this and that….are you watching your national team on NTA right now? This is an absolute disgrace. I’d rather not watch the game. #ShameOnNTA,” another user said.
Here is what some Nigerians had to say:
— dR.Sleek (@drsleek) November 13, 2019
Y'all keep shouting about how Supersport has creating a monopoly and that the govt should chase them, this and that….are you watching your national team on NTA right now? This is an absolute disgrace. I'd rather not watch the game. #ShameOnNTA
— Wale (@TheWaleAgbede) November 13, 2019
NTA be making us apologize to Dstv for that boycott.#ShameOnNTA
— Obi Of Onitsha🇨🇦 (@cliqik) November 13, 2019
— 👑 FEMI STES 🇳🇬 (@IAmSTES) November 13, 2019
— OPTIMUS🎨SENIOR🇳🇬 (@JuniorEbong) November 13, 2019
Forget about the result. We’re a disgrace! In this big 2019 we’re forced to watch our beloved super eagles in NTA with its mediocre coverage. Chei naija which way? #ShameonNTa
— Candido Da rocha☞ (@Elvis__b) November 13, 2019
I will not join you all to say #ShameOnNTA, let just try and appreciate our own, I believed if we can watch this for like 6months no one will be complaining again.
Buy Nigeria and use Nigeria.
— Death Penalty for Corruption (@AdewunmyO) November 13, 2019
# NGABEN nigeria vs Benin Commentator (1st half): "A shot from Alex Iwobi the Arsenal MIDFIELDER"
Commentator (2nd half) "A wonderful shot from Alex Iwobi the arsenal striker
— Omo Iya Mayowa (@apaseoflagos) November 13, 2019
So NTA covered the #NGABEN
match like a Nollywood home video. That's why we cry that they scrap this federal character system so they can employ young creative minds
But no. They prefer to employ abokis who do not know that @alexiwobi has left @Arsenal #ShameOnNTA pic.twitter.com/UiZNvHenwU
— Jerry King Nwobodo (@JerryDKingTP) November 13, 2019
So the commentator who was at the stadium today said "I believe that will be the end of the match"
— Lagos LandLord™🇳🇬🇬🇭 (@chiefagbabiaka) November 13, 2019
— Buchi (@Buchyno) November 13, 2019
I think NTA's case calls for a National discourse. I can't remember the last time I checked in there but this is shameful…
— Gbemi Dennis™ (@GbemiDennis) November 13, 2019
#ShameOnNTA When the hate speech bill passes and is signed, any criticism of the government will be tagged hate speech and whoever is convicted will get the death penalty.
Who is going to convict and sentence @NTANewsNow for this hate on our eyes@NTA This is 2019!
— Oduwaye Kehinde Damilare (@oduwaye_kehinde) November 13, 2019
— Joseph Etim (@iamjosephetim) November 13, 2019
The match btw Nigeria and Benin Republic though!! The commentator so whack, I couldn't keep still. At the end he was like "Super Eagles-2 , Nigeria-1". Even blew the whistle 7mins before the end of the match. WTF??? #NGABEN #ShameOnNTA pic.twitter.com/jjYA92xITS
— Facesbykoco MUA! (@FacesbykocoMua) November 13, 2019
— FOLA💦 (@SowonoyeO) November 13, 2019
— F B I (@WytunesFC) November 13, 2019
— Poseyedon (@OgwariB) November 13, 2019
According to the commentator Iwobi is still an Arsenal player. I'm done with NTA. #ShameOnNTA
— Chukwuemeka 🇳🇬 (@ChuxEkere) November 13, 2019
NTA just exposed themselves to the world and other continents through the shameful live broadcast between Nigeria vs Benin.
— My name is Dare Kuti (@dkuti82) November 13, 2019
— CHIADI NELSON🍫 (@ChiadiNelson) November 13, 2019
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