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Nigeria Football Federation Calls for Harmonization Of Domestic Leagues In The Country

The need for synchronization of the various football Leagues in Nigeria in their areas of operations, programmes and activities has been emphasized.

This was the focal point during a weekend meeting held between organizers of the country’s apex men’s league, the League Management Company (LMC) and its sister League, the next important League, the Nigeria National League, NNL.

The meeting which was intended to be a courtesy visit to the LMC by the new Management team of NNL incidentally had the 1st Vice-President of the Nigeria Football Federation Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi who oversees Football Committee of the Nigeria Football Federation in attendance. Also in attendance were the LMC Chairman and his Team and the newly appointed CEO of NNL, COO and some management staff of NNL.

Barrister Seyi said harmonizing the various leagues is needed to put the domestic football on the right footing, according to him the leagues do not exist in isolation to each other, they play complementary roles.

The wide gulf that exist in the kick- off and closing dates of the Leagues must be closed and the only way to do this is for the leadership of both the LMC and NNL to interface regularly, weigh their calendars, to enable them find a go-between them.

He declared that restructuring the Leagues is key towards achieving better productivity “Nigeria domestic football will amount to nothing if the league bodies are not properly set up to attract prospective sponsors”.

He strongly advocated a gradual cutting down of the number of clubs featuring in the NNL to a more manageable figure, saying the present number of about forty six waters the value of the League.

Barrister Seyi canvassed for a phase plan deduction of the number of participating teams in the NNL. He said NNL should be a traditional League of about twenty team format to bring in quality, attractiveness and competitiveness.

The Chairman of the NNL, Sen. Obinna Ogba through his Chief Executive Officer Barr. Sajo Mohammed canvassed for collaboration in the areas of capacity building/technical support and recognition in all LMC’s future sponsorship/partnership drive.

The Chairman of LMC Shehu Dikko promised improved synergy and collaboration with the NNL

Anniversary Bells

It happened in Bukuru, Jos Plateau State of Nigeria, year 2000. One Emmanuel (God is with us) and Victoria (Conqueror) tied the nuptial knot. It is already two decades and counting, do we give a platinum or what manner of applause, cheers or gifts. To our Brand New Chief Operating Officer(COO) at the Most Important League in Nigeria (NNL) and his Jewel of inestimable value, as they celebrate their 20th Wedding Anniversary today, September 9. Please join me and tender a big Anniversary worthy cheers to Mr.& Mrs. Emmanuel Adesanya on the journey so far. This is wishing a perfect pair a perfect HAPPY DAY. Hope Emmanuel and Victoria will keep finding peace and contentment in each other’s Love. CONGRATULATIONS all over again!

NNL Ask Clubs to Name Home Grounds

Clubs participating for the 2020/2021 season in the Nigeria National League, (NNL) have been requested to submit to the Secretariat of the League body their preferred venues for home matches on or before the 23rd of September, 2020.Such home grounds the NNL asserted must be safe and appropriate and should meet the facility requirements, as stipulated in the NNL rule books. Chief Operating Officer of the Most Important League, Mr. Emmanuel Adesanya said the venue for the competitive league games must be different from training pitches and that both shall be inspected before the commencement of the new season. The stadiums assessment that will follow, is to ascertain compliance and level of readiness to host the NNL 2021 League matches. Speaking further, Mr. Adesanya said clubs are mandated to provide functional Electronic Score board in their home grounds and in the absence of such, a manual Score board with a black background (Minimum size of 8×5 meters) should be in place. Adesanya gave other requirements as :3 A standard Substitution board with a minimum measurement of 14 inches x 10 inches 4. Fortified Perimeter fencing of at least 2 meters in height.5. Functional dressing rooms for teams and match officials. Adesanya warned that the NNL may consider an alternative venue for stadium(s) that fall short of the requirements stipulated above. Meanwhile, the NNL has mandated the clubs to supply official email and other contact details. This is with a view to put an end to sending official correspondences to individuals or unauthorized email accounts. Mr. Emmanuel Adesanya said ”Claims in the past by some clubs that they do not get NNL correspondences will be put to a permanent end, when clubs provide it with official (Authorized) communication channels.” “We at the NNL consider communication a key factor in our attempt to revamp the Most Important League in the country, this matter is urgent and must be treated as such by all clubs” The NNL also said the League will only resume in adherence to the instructions of the Nigeria Football Federation, Federal Ministry of Sports and the Presidential Task-Force regulations on Covid-19 protocols.

NNL Clubs To Provide Certificate Of Incorporation

The Nigeria National League, NNL has directed its clubs to ensure the provision of Certificate of Incorporation from the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) as part of the efforts of the league body to hold the clubs more accountable in their operations and responsibilities. The evidence of the clubs in moving forward as a limited liability company is a major prerequisite for the 2020/2021 season. This time around, the certificate which is an essential document must be forwarded to NNL for sighting and domiciliation during registration. NNL Chief Operating officer, Mr. Emmanuel Adesanya said the second important League in the country is aiming at providing the best and most responsible league for all stakeholders including sponsors and fans. “Incorporation will authenticate clubs legal existence. We want a system where the clubs can cater adequately for their players and officials and operate under global standards best practices. Club incorporation is a huge step towards achieving this milestone” “Football is big business, consequently, we are keen in ensuring that the clubs see it as such, hence we are promoting it as such. Anything less will be counter productive Mr. Adesanya stated with optimism. Furthermore, Emmanuel declared that the clubs must forward an irrevocable letter of undertaking to complete the league and never to bring it to any form of disrepute. Such he noted must be endorsed by the club owner(s) or sponsor(s) and their state Football Association.

Sajo Dantija Appointeed CEO

Sajo Dantija Mohammed has been appointed the new Chief Executive Officer, CEO of the Nigeria National League. The NNL regarded as the most important league in the country has been operating without a Chief Executive Officer since the resignation of Bukola Olapade from the league three seasons ago. Chairman of the NNL, Senator Obinna Ogba who accepted Sajo’s appointment said the appointee will take up the assignment with immediate effect. In the words of Senator Ogba; “Nature you know abhors vacuum. We have to hit the ground running, we want to cover fresh milestones”. Ogba added that; “the position of a Chief Executive is a necessary one that will help us galvanize the league more and reach expected heights”. Sajo Dantija Mohammed, a trained lawyer hails from Adamawa State. He attended University of Maiduguri and the Nigerian Law School as well as the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies. Sajo also went to the Harvard University in Boston, Massachusetts. Barrister Sajo Dantija Mohammed was a member of the Security Committee of the Nigeria Football Federation, having worked with the Department of State Security Services (SSS) where he rose to the rank of Assistant Chief Security/Intelligence Officer. He retired from public service after 33 years. He will be responsible for executing the strategic objectives of the NNL, providing direction and leadership to enable the NNL board carryout its functions of governing the league. He is also expected to continually tinker with commercial engagements in Nigeria and beyond, focusing on increasing the revenue base of the League

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