Super Eight To hold in Enugu

The season ending Super Eight (8) of the Nigeria National League (NNL), will be staged at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Enugu, Enugu State, Southeastern  Nigeria.

The  State government under the watch of HIS Excellency, Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi “Gburugburu” endorsed the hosting of the play offs at the multi-purpose 22 ,000.00 capacity Stadium, named after the first President of the Republic of Nigeria, Dr. Benjamin Nnamdi Azikiwe .

Eight teams in the NNL will be chasing the four available tickets to the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) in a five day tango starting from Tuesday 7 through to Saturday 11 September, 2021 at the Stadium nicknamed the “The Cathedral”.

Gombe United FC, El-Kanemi Warriors FC of Maiduguri, Niger Tornadoes FC, DMD FC of Borno, Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) of Ibadan, Ekiti United and two teams from group B2 in the Southern conference, are expected to arrive the coal city on Sunday 5th September, 2021.

The draw for the play off will be conducted on Monday 6th September, 2021 with the opening ceremony and first game holding the next day.

Meanwhile, Chairman of the NNL, Distinguished Senator Obinna Ogba has praised the Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State  and the entire Enugu State government, for yielding to host the Play off.

Senator Obinna Ogba, who is as well the Chairman Senate House Committee on Sports, said the action exhibited by Governor Ugwuanyi truly shows his passion for sports and interest in developing and empowering Nigerian youths through the power of football.

“I cannot thank “Gburugburu enough, he has displayed what a great patriot he is by investing in the Nigeria project, he has sowed a huge seed in the NNL, one we will not forget in a hurry. We are eternally grateful to him and the people of Enugu State for this symbolic gesture, that is the way to go, instilling hope and confidence that we can get things done”

“This a huge support for our growing NNL, the most important domestic football League in Nigeria, it has been a very challenging season my first year in office and I know we can only get better, Ogba concluded.

This will be the second time Enugu will be playing host to NNL, the first was under late NNL Chairman Hon. Chidi Ofo-Okenwa.

Zamfara United FC Given Ultimatum On Rescheduled Game Against Malumfashi FC

Northern Conference Group A2 campaigners, Zamfara United Football Club of Gusau, Zamfara State have  been mandated by the Nigeria National League (NNL) to without failure ensure they honour the week one match with Malumfashi Football Club of Katsina

The match, the first in the 2020/2021 season was not played as fixed following the late arrival of match officials, which prompted a shift to the next day before time of the match became an issue by both teams.

The NNL had waded into the matter and Zamfara  FC wrote requesting a two weeks grace to play the match which was granted them and went on to reschedule the match for Thursday 29 July, 2021.

Shockingly, Zamfara United FC again, in a fresh correspondence requested for the match yet again, to be moved further, less than 48 hours to the game.

NNL therefore, has firmly communicated the management of Zamfara United Football to as a matter of importance; comply with the strong directive to avoid the match not holding as fixed for Thursday 29 July, 2021.

The game will hold at the approved Arena in Malumfashi, the Township Stadium, Katsina State.

The NNL has further urged the Katsina State Football Association, the home team – Malumfashi Football club and away team – Zamfara United  FC to guarantee the match been played strictly under CLOSED DOORS, with FULL observation of Covid-19 Protocols.

NNL wants the clubs to NOTE that necessary logistics have been put together for the successful hosting and organization of the delayed match.

The match which is long overdue and the week 17 game involving , Malumfashi versus Kogi United with the Nigeria Football Federation’s  Organizing and Disciplinary Committee (O&D) has stucked  the conclusion of matches in the group for the season.

NNL Declares Go-Round And 3SC Tie A Draw

The match day 20 fixture in Group B1 Southern Conference of the 2020/2021 season of Nigeria National League (NNL) has, officially been declared a 1-1 draw.

This follows reports from by both the match commissioner and center referee that were in charge of the fixture played at the Krisdera Stadium, Omoku Rivers State.

Official reports by both arbiters revealed that the score line   of the match after regulation time was 1-1, before Go-Round’s fans ran into the field of play, with one minute left in added time and they attacked the center referee.

However, on invoking a relevant portion of the rules, the NNL governing body stuck with the arbiters submitted reports, to   announce the final and official score as 1-1 in favour of both sides.

Go-Round will, however, pay a fine of N500, 000.00 (Five Hundred thousand Naira only) for challenging the referee’s decision and demanding that a penalty be awarded in their favour.

The NNL equally has mandated the management of Go-Round FC to produce the assailants who assaulted the referees within the next seven (7) days to avoid a ban on their home ground, the Krisdera Stadium, Omoku.

For the inglorious role he played in the process of the match, Mr. Sunny Uboh the General Manager of Go-Round FC was issued a stern warning not to interfere with proceedings of match henceforth, as further acts from him will mean a severe sanction for him.

However, it is to be noted that Go-Round FC has a right of appeal to the organizing and Disciplinary Committee (O&D) of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).

NNL Temporarily Lifts Dynamite Force President’s Ban

The Nigeria National League (NNL) has provisionally lifted the sanction slammed on the proprietor and President of Dynamite Force Football of Iyahmo, Edo State Mr. Bernard Joman.

Mr. Joman had earlier been banned from all NNL football matches and related activities over a misconduct.

He was placed on an indefinite ban by the League’s body following a serious misconduct against match officials during their

Group B1, Southern Conference match with neighbour’s Delta Force of Asaba at their home ground, the Sports Complex pitch of the Edo State University, Uzairue where they lost 0-2.

The decision to shove the suspension to a short-term basis is following a profound letter of apology and undertaking tendered by the offender Bernard Joman, to desist from such unlawful acts of misconducts and behaviors that discredits the league.

However,the NNL warned Mr.Joman that only a satisfactory conduct now and in the future will earn him a permanent lift of the ban.

NNL Clubs Get Deadline To Comply With NFF-FIFA Connect Initiative.

All forty six (46) clubs competing in the 20-21 Nigeria National League have till Friday 23rd of July to conform with the directives of the world football governing body, FIFA on the CONNECT Registration in the Nigeria Football Federation.

Club secretaries or any other designated club official compulsorily are to forward required information and documents to the Nigeria Football Federation FIFA Connect Office in Abuja.

This is to ensure that the deadline line for the exercise Monday 26th as stipulated by FIFA is met.

The FIFA Connect Project is designed as a registration portal where all football stakeholders, including players, coaches, referees and other administrators are registered.

It means that all in Nigeria football are registered in a centralized platform with each having a unique ID to identify him/her through out their playing career.

It also enables the tracking of the career history of players and automatically generate player passports during transfers thus ending the constant problem of producing player international players passports at every transfer, amongst others.

It is obligatory according to the Nigeria Football Federation to register all players in the leagues and at both local, state and national football leagues.

All State Football Associations of the NNL clubs are also to take note of this mandatory development and ensure compliance by teams.

Football Summit Key To resolving challenges In The League..Ogba

Chairman of the Nigeria National League, Distinguished Senator Obinna Ogba, says the Football Development Summit for Club Administrators and Media Mangers is to help confronting some of the challenges facing the Nigeria National League (NNL).
Ogba said on Friday in Abuja during a one-day training session in collaboration with Vandyke Academy of Sports (VAS) that the event would help with solutions.
“The summit will help proffer possible solutions to the issues limiting the league’s progress,” Ogba, who was represented by Sajo Mohammed, the league’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), said.
“I strongly believe that this summit is coming at a very appropriate time, in view of the spate of high rate of misconducts that have characterized the 2020/2021 league season.
“That is why we have gathered here today, to begin the onerous journey of repositioning our league, uphold standards and apply professionalism in our administration of football in the NNL.
“The Summit is being organized to engage in intense introspection about the challenges confronting our league.
“We will also chart the best and most acceptable way of the resolution of our challenges for the collective interest of all stakeholders,’’ he added.

Ogba, who is the Senator representing Ebonyi Central Senatorial District, also noted that the media has a huge part to play in repositioning the league.
“We are all aware that only the league with good and positive reportage can attract sponsors and investors.
“Our sports media must know that damage to the league is also a damage to their career. When football is killed, there will be nothing to report.
“While we make this appeal, we must realize that the media is key in our quest to indeed reposition our league.
“We must encourage the media and carry them along as an integral part of our day-to-day
activities,’’ he added.

Osun United Banished To Ilorin For Breaking Covid -19 Procedures

Osun United will play their successive home matches at the Ilorin Township Stadium, in Kwara State, starting with the week six games against Ekiti United.

Nigeria National League took the summary jurisdiction to banish the Osogbo based club to Ilorin following established flagrant violation of Covid-19 protocols as directed by the Nigeria Football Federation, through the Nigeria National League, in their last home game at the Osogbo Township Stadium against Vandrezzer FC of Lagos.

Findings and evidences before the NNL showed that Osun United allowed enormous number of spectators into the stadium despite the strong standing Covid-19 and closed doors directives.

Osun United also enforced gate takings (ticket sales) of various dimensions for fans to enter the stadium.

Consequently, Osun United are to pay the sum of N 300,000.00 (Three hundred thousand naira, only) on or before their next home game.

NNL Chief Operating Officer, Emmanuel Adesanya told NNL Media & Communications team that the Osun United versus Vandrezzer FC tie of Saturday 6 March, 2021 has been declared a NO MATCH, therefore would be replayed at a neutral venue, with Osun United to bear the cost of indemnities of match officials.

Other punitive measures to Osun United for their distasteful acts are:

1. Replacement of damaged equipment of Vandrezzer fc during the encounter.

2. That Osun United and Osun Football Association should within three (3) days account to the NNL all monies collected from the gate takings at the said match.

3. Osun United and the Osun State Football Association, have been given seven (7) days to produce the supporters captured in the video evidence for further sanctions.

4. The President of Osun United Chief Ademola Adesina (Former Nigeria international) and the Secretary of Osun  State Football Association, Mr. Amao Abayomi alongside the identified culprits should unfailingly appear before the COMPLIANCE Unit of the Nigeria National League, on Tuesday 16 March,2021, at 11am prompt for further questioning.

The COO further stated that the safety of the football community remains the top priority of the present management of the Nigeria National League. As the league season continues the NNL will keep playing its part in caring for others, by ensuring the guidelines of Covid-19 are strictly followed. 

Emmanuel Adesanya finally, noted that club managers, coaches, players and everyone involved in the beautiful game of Football should learn to model healthy behaviors for the well-being of everyone before, on and off the pitch of play

Malumfashi FC fined 1million Naira

The Nigeria National League has charged Malumfashi Football Club of Katsina for failing to honour its week one’ fixture with Zamfara United, an action that violated articles 14.3 to 14.7 of the rules and regulation guiding the league.

Malumfashi FC therefore are to pay the sum of One Million Naira (N1,000,000.00) for not honouring the said match with Zamfara United FC as directed by the League body.

In Other punitive measures, the League body has declared the Abubakar Labo Stadium, home ground of Malumfashi Football Club of Katsina as unsafe and not conducive to host its matches and directed the club to communicate an alternative stadium for its home games in next the one week.

Chief Operating officer of the League body, Emmanuel Adesanya speaking to its Media and Communication Department, said the NNL will be compelled to move Malumfashi FC to a venue of its choice should they fail to heed the latest directive.

The NNL also ruled that the match between Malumfashi FC and Zamfara United shall be replayed on a neutral ground on a date to be announced.

For refusing to play Malumfashi shall bear all expenses incurred by Zamfara United and indemnities of match officials, failure shall be an award of three(3) points and three(3)goals to Zamfara United FC.

The NNL, equally issued a stern warning to the Chairman of Malumfashi FC, Alhaji Surajo Baba Baba Umar for the roles he played in the aborted game, especially flouting its directives on time of the match.

Nigeria National League Reminders On Covid -19 Protocols.

The Nigeria National League has again emphasized the importance of its forty six clubs adhering strictly to existing Covid-19 guidelines and the need to ensure a revalidation of test result of players and officials submitted to it after one month.

In a latest Communication to the clubs and in keeping with the directives of the Nigeria Football Federation Covid-19 Task Force led by Shehu Gusau, the NNL declared it will place on hold any match involving clubs who fail to comply with the Covid-19 protocols .

The NNL Clubs are reminded as follows:

1.           That all matches are to be played strictly under closed doors and the state football associations are charged to ensure compliance.

2. Only accredited person(s) with their face masks are permitted to enter the stadium in any NNL match

3. Players of both teams and officials are to march to the field of play separately and not side by side.

4. Not more than seven (7) club’s technical crew are allowed to sit on the reserve bench during a match

5. The rule of social distancing must be maintained in all seating arrangements, both on the reserve bench and seating pavilion.

6. That temperature screening must be carried out at every entry point of the stadium and hand sanitizers made available by the host State Football Association.

7. The provision of a functional Ambulance at every match venue.

8. In one of the steps towards checking Corona virus, the NNL also reiterated that there will be NO Ball boys during the league games, balls will be strategically placed at various angles of the field during a game.

That clubs are allowed a staggered maximum number of five (5) substitutions rather than three (3) in each match of the NNL for the 2020/2021 season.

Communique issued at the end of the Emergency Congress of NNL

Congress praised the efforts of the Nigeria Football Federation,NF for the parental role have been playing in the affairs of the Nigeria National League.

The Congress strongly reaffirmed the Friday 15th of January,2021 earlier Draw conducted at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) with a majority vote of 42 to 3.

The Assembly unanimously agreed for a NEW kick off date for Saturday 13th of February 2021.

The Emergency Congress equally upheld the abridged League format of four groups,two each from the Northern and Southern Conferences,for the 2020/2021 season.

Congress passed a vote explicit confidence on the Management Management Team of Nigeria National League led by Distinguished Senator Obinna Ogba.

Signed: Communique Drafting Committee Members.

* Mr.David Allu -Chairman (Aklosendi Int’l Lafia)*Dr. Abdullahi Adamu – ( Sokoto Utd)*Mr.China Acheru – (Go-Round FC)*Mr.Ayodele Olowolafe – (Ekiti Utd)*Mr.Nicholas Akujobi- Secretary (NNL Admin Sec)*Mr.Amar Ignis -Media & Communication NNL

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