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Benin City To Host NNL Annual General Meeting Ahead Of The New Season

The ancient city of Benin, Edo State capital will host the traditional preseason annual general meeting (AGA) that will herald the 2021-2022 Nigeria National League season, in December, 2021

His Excellency, Governor Godwin Obaseki and his cabinet has graciously approved that the Heartbeat of the Nation play host to the much awaited season’s precursor for the Nigeria’s most important league.

The AGA will be preceded by a special RETREAT strategically designed to update club team managers, secretaries and coaches on fresh methods and applications as regarding club licensing, management and others.

The retreat has been scheduled to hold on Thursday 9th December, 2021, with team managers, secretaries and coaches in attendance while, the AGA with only the presidents of the 46 clubs in the NNL holds the next day, Friday 10th December, 2021.

The AGA will provide the needed platform for the clubs to ratify the new rules and regulations of NNL for the fresh calendar of the league, and will also afford the NNL time to authenticate which of the clubs are equipped enough accordingly to feature in the league.

NNL before now handed each club a copy of the rule book as amended for the new period of the league and expects clubs to make inputs at the AGA .

A strong team of lawyers led by NNL Chief Executive Officer ,barrister Sajo Mohammed  and football experts drawn from across board were brought together by the management of the NNL to review the rules and regulations of the past season, this is with a view to ensure better prospects for the league .

Accredited participants for the AGA and Retreat are expected to arrive Benin –City Wednesday 8th December, 2021 and would depart the historic city on the 11th.

NNL Demands Fitting Venues From Clubs Ahead Of The 2021/2022 Season

Nigeria National League is doing everything possible to ensure its matches in the coming season will be played at venues that meet certain range of criteria because of the largest positive impact for the quality of the League.

Clubs wishing to participate in the 2021/2022 league season have been mandated to submit their choice of stadium to host their games for the period on or before Thursday 18th of November, 2021.

Inspection of stadium and facilities the clubs intend use for the season has been schedule to commence anytime soon and compliance with the directives by the forty six clubs will help for timely decisions by the Nigeria National League to grant approval or otherwise .

Chief Operating Officer of the most important league, Mr. Emmanuel Adesanya said clubs must take into account the critical conditions which have already been sent to them, before approval will be given to such venues to host any league game.

One of such is a strong availability of chain internet facilities in a broadcast friendly environment that will enable live transmission of matches.

Adesanya emphasized that the league body will not compromise any of the provisions in stadiums regulations before authorizing such venue /facility to host its matches in the new season.

Niger Tornadoes, 3SC of Ibadan And Giant Brillars, Cart Away Top Prizes At NNL Super Eight*.

Newly crowned Nigeria National League Champions Niger Tornadoes of Minna, runners up Shooting Stars Sports Club of Ibadan and Giant Brillars of Enugu dominated the awards, as the curtains fell on the 2021 NNL Super Eight, in Enugu .

Aside from been crowned as Champions of the 2020/20212 NNL season which officially ended on Sunday, Niger Tornadoes manager, Abubakar Bala Mohammed emerged the best coach of the season, after his side edged 3SC of Ibadan 3-2 in a pulsating final decided at the Cathedral, the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Enugu.

The Ikon Allah Boys and Gombe United both finished with 5 points, in the Northern conference Group, but Tornadoes had a superior goals difference of plus 2, wereas Gombe United had plus one.

3SC who won the Southern conference Group and ended in second place overall, scooped two other prizes as their striker Olafimihan Gafar was voted the (MVP) Most Valuable Player and the Best Striker of the season.

The double award winner banged in sixteen (16) goals during the regular season and three (3) at the Super Eight playoffs.

Gafar had two braces and double hat-trick in the season against Rovers of Calabar and FC Nilayo.

Their Shot stopper, Charles Tambe who is a Camerounian, went home with the best goalkeeper award, after keeping several clean sheets and making numerous saves during the regular season and Super eight.

Giant Brillars of Enugu finished 9th in the Group B1 table of the NNL Southern Conference in the regular season. The team under the tutelage of former Nigerian International, Nduka Ugbade were rewarded with the Fair Play Award, reserved for the best behaved team, following their good conducts on and off the pitch of play.

Delighted at the development for his young squad, Coach Ugbade said the award will further encouraged Giant Brillars.

According to Captain of the FIFA/Kodak Under-16 World Cup winning Captain, Giant Brillars exhibited very positive attitudes all through the season to earn the award he said is deserving.

*Past NNL Champions in the last five seasons*.

2021 – Niger Tornadoes

2019 – Akwa Starlets

2018 – Kada City

2017 – Go-Round

2016 – Gombe United .


Meanwhile, Niger Tornadoes, Gombe United, Shooting Stars Sports Club of Ibadan and Remo Stars picked the four available promotion tickets from the NNL to the Nigeria Professional football league (NPFL).

They will replace the quartet of Adamawa United, FC Ifeanyiubah, Jigawa Golden Stars and Warri Wolves who were relegated from the NPFL to the NNL.

Enugu State Government, Federal Ministry of Sports And Baba Ijebu Commended For Supporting NNL

The Nigeria National League (NNL) has heaped tons of praises on the Enugu State government, headed by His Excellency, Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi “Gburugburu” and the Hon. Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr. Sunday Dare for the leverage they gave its just concluded 2020/2021 league season. NNL Chairman, Senator Obinna Ogba while thanking the Enugu State Governor, and the entire members of his cabinet for hosting the Super Eight and promotion Playoffs said having the games staged in Enugu was timely and provided enormous relief for the nation’s most important league (NNL). “We cannot thank the governor who happens to also be my brother enough, his executives and the whole people of Enugu State for lending their support to us, it came at the nick of time and we will remain grateful to them”. It is on record that in 2019 the Enugu State government also hosted the then NNL Super four. Similarly, Senator Ogba lauded the Minister of Youth and Sports Development Chief Sunday Dare who made record, as the first sitting Sports Minister to attended the Season-ending tournament. “It was a great gesture from the number one sports administrator of the country, the physical presence of the Minister was immense and a huge morale booster, we are indeed encouraged for his sterling appearance at the Super Eight, thank you honorable Minister for the show of solidarity”. Senator Ogba also had some words of thank you to the Nigeria Football Federation under the leadership of Amaju Pinnick.“I will not fail to salute the Nigeria Football Federation, which I also belong to, as a member of the board, they all came here and even those who could not make it to Enugu showed their unequivocal support. “This goes a long way in underlining the fact that we are one United family and I’m pleased to note that it was evident from near and far “.Premier Lotto Limited (PLL) popularly known as “Baba Ijebu” one of Nigeria’s gaming company was not left without a glowing thanks by Senator Ogba for strongly backing NNL from the start of the season. Senator Ogba sprinkled praises on the management team of Lotto, that has over forty years combined experience in the gaming industry and has been able to leverage on such to develop, sustain and strengthen the business over the years to provide one of the biggest lotto practice in Africa. Premier Lotto currently has one of the biggest lotto practices in Nigeria operating with over 200 principal agents supervising over 16,000 sub agents/sales representatives spread across the western region of Nigeria. The company’s ability to pay winnings consistently has made her the leader in the gaming industry.The NNL Boss ended his speech with a promise to take positives from any shortcomings in the course of the just concluded season, with a view to improving on them ahead of a better and bomper NNL in the coming 2021/2022 season. “We had some drawbacks which prolonged the duration of last season, we want to put all that behind as we look forward to a new season “”We hope to have an improved new season, and taking stock is our way of jump starting preparations for the upcoming NNL Season”

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 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.

NNL To Send Out Stadium Compliance Officers

From Thursday 26 of this month, the Nigeria National League(NNL) has hinted that it will send Stadium Compliance Officers to the designated home grounds of teams participating in the 2021/2020 League season.

This is part of its pre-season activities to herald the fresh season under the new leadership of Senator Obinna Ogba.

The stadium Compliance Officers are to ascertain the level of facilities in the various Stadiums to be used by clubs as stipulated in the NNL Rule book.

According to the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the Most Important League in Nigeria, Mr. Emmanuel Adesanya, clubs will have no choice than to provide alternative venue for their matches, if their stadium falls short of the required standard.

Mr. Adesanya added that the clubs are to ensure that every logistics for the ease of the inspection exercise are in place.

Subject to Congress ratification the NNL Stakeholders meeting held on the 6th of November, 2020 in Abuja agreed for two conferences in the Northern and Southern regions of the country, for an abridged League format for the 2020-2021 seasons.

And following directives by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), the Nigeria National League is expected to kick – off three (3) weeks after the start of the elite class, the Nigeria Professional Football League, NPFL

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