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.

Super 8: PRO STAR Set To Reward Teams

In anticipation of the forthcoming Nigeria National League Super 8 playoff, one of the official sponsors of the League, PRO Star has concluded arrangements to reward all the qualifiers for the tournament.

Revealing this in Abuja, the Chief Executive Officer of The Nigerian National League, Emmanuel Attah said the organization will give all the qualifying clubs branded balls before the commencement of the tournament.

Attah further revealed that there would be prizes for the Most Valuable Player, highest goalscorer and best goalkeeper of the tournament.

“The season has been a lot of fun and excitement and the Super 8 will be the climax to what has been a good campaign.”

Sokoto United and Sporting Supreme of Abuja have already qualified for the Super 8 tournament after matches in Conference D were rounded up.The other six qualifiers would be decided later this month at the end of Conferences A, B and C.

Jigawa GS Fail To Survive Relegation, As City, Mailantarki Also Go Down

Jigawa Golden Stars and Mailantarki Care FC failed to survive relegation after the conclusion of Conferences D of the 2023/2024 NNL season

Although, Mailantarki defeated Jigawa by 2-1 in the last match of the conference but that was not enough to prevent the team from escaping relegation to the NLO.

Both teams had 14 points each with Kebbi Utd but the later escaped the drop with a superior goal aggregate.

City FC of Abuja that came last on Conference D log with 10 points also joined the two teams to be relegated to the NLO.

With the conclusion of Conference D, attention will now be shifted to the conclusion of the three other conferences of the league.

NNL: Jigawa Golden Stars, City FC, Mailantarki FC Fail To Survive Relegation.

Jigawa Golden Stars and Mailantarki Care FC failed to survive relegation after the conclusion of Conferences D of the 2023/2024 NNL season.

Although, Mailantarki defeated Jigawa by 2-1 in the last match of the conference but it was not enough to prevent the team from escaping relegation to the NLO.

Both teams had 14 points each with Kebbi Utd but the later escaped the drop with a superior goal aggregate.

City FC of Abuja who came last on Conference D log with 10 points also joined the two teams to be relegated to the NLO.

With the conclusion of Conference D, attention will now be shifted to the conclusion of the three other conferences of the league.

NNL 2024 Match Statistics

The Secretariat of the Nigeria National League has released the match statistics of the four conferences of the 2024 season.

With198 matches so far played in Conferences A and B, 426 goals were scored, with 125 home wins and 26 away wins, representing 63.1%, & 26% respectively. There were 47 draw matches, representing 23.7% of matches. 299 home goals were scored, and 127 home goals.

Beyond Limit FC scored the highest goals of 33 goals, with Stormers FC and Ekiti United conceeding the least goals of 28 goals. Tradesafe and Solution FC scored the least numbers of goals of 11goals and Osun conceded the least numbers of goals of 8.

In group C & D, 209 goals have been scored in the 106 so far played, with 70 home wins and 14 won away representing 66. 3% and 13.1% respectively.

Teams drew 31 matches representing 29.2% of matches played. Wikki Tourists scored the highest numbers of goals, with 23 goals, while EFCC FC conceded the least numbers of goals. They conceded 18 goals. Nasarawa United 8 goals conceded made them the team that conceded the lowest numbers of goals, while ABS scored the least number of goals of 5 goals.

NNL Chairman, Aluo On His Birthday, Advocates Community Ownership Of Clubs & Improved Management Of Teams In The Second Tier.

Chairman of Nigeria National League (NNL), George Aluo, has expressed appreciation to God for adding another year to his age, saying that he is a fulfilled man considering his achievements in both his chosen journalism profession and as a sports administrator.
He also called for community ownership of football clubs.


Aluo in his mid 50’s will be a year older on Friday, April 12, 2024 and said he is humbled by the blessings of God on his life and will continue to serve him as a devout Christian of the Catholic Faith.

NNL CHAIRMAN, George Aluo


Speaking on his birthday, he said, “I’m a destiny child born on the day a bomb exploded in my village market square, Umuohiagu, Ngor Okpala Local Government Area of Imo State during the Nigeria/ Biafra civil war killing over 300 people, including goats, sheep, cattle and fowls and even flies were not exempted.
“On that day, according to my mother’s account, it was not up to 15-20 minutes she left that place with my umbilical cord because there was no operational hospital then; carrying my elder sister on her back and my elder brother on her head in a basin that the bomb exploded and so I must thank God and continue to glorify his name for attaining my new age in good health and sound mind.”


Aluo jokingly pointed out that he has no picture of himself as baby to show his kids as, according to his parents, nobody was talking about photographs amid Nigeria/Biafra war since the only thing that mattered then was survival.


The NNL boss, who expressed satisfaction with the successes recorded by the country’s second tier league since he took over, advocated government hands off running football club sides, arguing that clubs will be better managed by private individuals and communities as it is done in other climes.


“It’s unfortunate that governments are still managing professional club sides in this country, and our football can never grow with government ownership of clubs. All we need to do and encourage is to have community based clubs and private ownership of club sides, and things will begin to change.


“When you look at Remo Stars that’s privately owned, you will discover that the club is well managed without government subvention. Even at the NNL, Sporting Supreme flies their players to match venues, and yet it’s owned by an individual. So, we must discourage government involvement in our football.”
The NNL boss while appreciating the Chairman of NFF, Alhaji Ibrahim Gusau, for the opportunity given to him to serve, identified paucity of funds as the greatest challenge facing his board just as he appealed to corporate organisations to take interest in NNL to make the country’s lower league stronger and attractive.
“I must continue to express my appreciation to Alhaji Gusau for finding me worthy to serve as NNL chairman and a board member of the NFF.
“My appeal is that corporate organizations should come to our aid and do what GTI is doing for the NPFL. We’re not saying they should give us money to put in our pockets, let them take care of referees indemnity and once this is done, the referees will not be intimidated but rather be at their best and it will now be possible for teams to be winning on the road as is presently being witnessed in the NNL.”

NFF Expels Referees For Inglorious Decisions In NNL Match

The governing body of Football in Nigeria,NFF has expelled two “demon” referees for bring the beautiful game to disrepute in the Nigeria National League fixture in Deutse.

Centre Referee Zaharadeen Nasiru of the Katsina State Referees Council and one of his Assistant ,Usman Auwalu from Borno State Council have been expelled for their acts in discrediting football .The Football arbiters awarded questionable goals and penalty to the home team,Jigawa Golden Stars of Deutse in a Conference D ,day 13 encounter with Sporting Supreme Football club of Abuja to gift Jigawa a 2-1 victory.

In a letter signed by Ameenu Mohammed v NFF/CAF referee instructor on behalf of the Chairman of the NFF Referees Committee, and made available NNL,the NFF viewed the action of the umpires as “Serious natured one that has brought the refereeing and the game in Nigeria into disrepute.

It therefore, concluded that Messrs Zaharadeen Naisiru and Usman Auwalu be expelled with immediate effect from the Nigeria National League and refereeing.


In inglorious video of the match in Dutse gone viral displays two players of Jigawa Golden Stars openly scoring with their hands like in Volleyball game to the disappointing watch of the referees who allowed goal goal stand and another occasion, awarding a penalty to Jigawa for no reason while a player of Sporting Supreme noded away a corner kick.

NNL Hammer Falls On Rovers, Ekiti United, Coal City FC

Nigeria National League (NNL) have banished Rovers FC of Calabar out of their base to Eket, Akwa Ibom State.

The league body in a statement signed by the Chief Operating Officer (COO) Dr Ayo Abdulrahaman said Rovers were sanctioned for not providing adequate security amongst other breaches during their home game against Ekiti United which was eventually abandoned mid way in the second half.

Apart from being banished, Rovers were also fined N1m while Ekiti United were fined N500,000 for abandoning the game.“For breach of security, assault and encroachment, Rovers FC is hereby fined the sum of N1,000,000.00 in consonance with article 16.2 of the rules framework.

That Rovers FC must produce the person that assaulted the Ekiti Utd FC goalkeeper, and (or) produce evidence of prosecution. Ekiti Utd FC is fined the sum of N500,000.00 for refusing to continue the game, citing inadequate security. Article 14.9 of the NNL rules framework is hereby applied.”The league body further ordered both clubs to conclude the match at the neutral venue in Eket, even as it recommended the stepping down of the referee and match commissioner that handled the match for doing a poor job.

“The referee and the match commissioner are hereby recommended for delisting by the appropriate bodies for poor handling and ineptitude towards the game,” NNL stated.

The NNL in another verdict fined Coal City FC N1m for not showing up with the club licenses in the game against Stormers FC of Abeokuta.

The Enugu side had before the game claimed they forgot their licenses at their Enugu home, even as they also claimed not to have the soft copies of the licenses.

Their hosts, Stormers who eventually won the match by a lone goal had to play the game under protest.

Imbibe Lessons Of Easter, NNL Chairrman Tells Christians

As Christians world over celebrate Easter which is about the life , times , death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, Chairman Board of Nigeria National League (NNL) George Aluo has charged its Club Administrators, Players ,Coaches, Supporters and non Christians alike to assimilate the great teachings of Easter.

The lessons of Easter is of joy, redemption and a new beginning in Christ.

“We must at all times change our ways of doings things and living Christ like life.
“The death of Christ is that of passion, commitment and forgiveness, Christ played according to the instructions of his Father in Heaven. it goes to show that if we play by the rules , tolerate each other and do things properly , we as individuals, our clubs and the League will also grow.

The Nigeria National League took a compulsory break to allow the Chriatians faithfuls to celebrate this most important holiday in the Christian calendar even as the clubs face the rigors of the Federation Cup state finals.

The Most Important League in Nigeria is expected to resume Tuesday 2nd of April, 2024.

NNL Clubs Exceptional Performance At States Federation Cup, A Positive Development – Aluo.

In an unprecedented performance in recent times, an increased number of clubs campaigning in the Nigeria National League (NNL) have secured qualification for their States’ Federation Cup Final.

The finals are slated from 29th to 31st of March, 2024.

In Lagos State, Inter Lagos overcame their more flamboyant Nigeria Premier Football League side, Sporting Lagos in the semi-final with a 2-0 result while another NNL team Ikorodu City subdued First Bank FC with a 3-0 scoreline in the same stage.

Both Inter Lagos and Ikorodu City will play each other in the final.

Same scenario will be witnessed in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja where two NNL teams; EFCC FC and Sporting Supreme will be facing each other in the final.

FC Rocket, another NNL team also qualified for the Akwa Ibom State final where they will clash against NPFL’s Akwa United.

Warri Wolves, Coal City, Cynosure, Ekiti United have also secured their spots in Delta State, Enugu State, Ebonyi and Ekiti States finals respectively as Edel FC and Solutions FC punched their tickets to the Anambra State final.

Beyond Limits stepped into the Ogun State final to face fellow NNL campaigners Stormers SC while Nasarawa United, Osun United with ABS also underlined the remarkable development in the second-tier division with a place in Ogun, Osun, Kwara and Nasarawa States’ finals.

This catalogue of impressive posts in the country’s oldest domestic competition has according to observers sparked some level of confidence among all stakeholders.

NNL Chairman George Aluo while commenting on this positive trend at the state level commended the club administrators, the players and other personnel who are involved in the strides being made by the league.

“What we are witnessing in the States’ Final of the Federation Cup is a reflection of the deliberate efforts by every stakeholder to make the NNL a worthy league of repute. As I speak,” he continued , “some of our clubs will be in about 10 State Finals of the Federation Cup. In fact, Anambra, Lagos and Ogun states’ Finals will see titles being contested for between two NNL Clubs.”

He urged the clubs to sustain the upward trajectory the NNL has been going through as he called on sponsors to see these opportunities and partner the body for national development

NNL Clubs’ Remarkable Show At States Federation Cup, A Positive Development – Aluo

Ikorodu City celebrate Lagos State Final Ticket

… Performance indicates Improved League Standard

By Tayo Ogunseye

In an unprecedented performance in recent times, an increased number of clubs campaigning in the Nigeria National League (NNL) have secured qualification for their States’ Federation Cup Final.

The finals are slated from 29th to 31st of March, 2024.

In Lagos State, Inter Lagos overcame their more flamboyant Nigeria Premier Football League side, Sporting Lagos in the semi-final with a 2-0 result while another NNL team Ikorodu City subdued First Bank FC with a 3-0 scoreline in the same stage.

Both Inter Lagos and Ikorodu City will play each other in the final.

Same scenario will be witnessed in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja where two NNL teams; EFCC FC and Sporting Supreme will be facing each other in the final.

Beyond Limits shock Remo Stars to quality for Ogunseye State Final

FC Rocket, another NNL team also qualified for the Akwa Ibom State final where they will clash against NPFL’s Akwa United.

Warri Wolves, Coal City, Cynosure, Ekiti United have also secured their spots in Delta State, Enugu State, Ebonyi and Ekiti States finals respectively as Edel FC and Solutions FC punched their tickets to the Anambra State final.

Beyond Limits stepped into the Ogun State final to face fellow NNL campaigners Stormers SC while Nasarawa United, Osun United with ABS also underlined the remarkable development in the second-tier division with a place in Ogun, Osun, Kwara and Nasarawa States’ finals.

This catalogue of impressive posts in the country’s oldest domestic competition has according to observers sparked some level of confidence among all stakeholders.

NNL Chairman George Aluo (middle) with Inter Lagos

NNL Chairman George Aluo while commenting on this positive trend at the state level commended the club administrators, the players and other personnel who are involved in the strides being made by the league.

“What we are witnessing in the States’ Final of the Federation Cup is a reflection of the deliberate efforts by every stakeholder to make the NNL a worthy league of repute. As I speak,” he continued , “some of our clubs will be in about 10 State Finals of the Federation Cup. In fact, Anambra, Lagos and Ogun states’ Finals will see titles being contested for between two NNL Clubs.”

As many celebrate the Easte, he urged the clubs to sustain the upward trajectory the NNL has been going through as he called on sponsors to see these opportunities and partner the body for national development.

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