By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde
Sports Writer, kick442.com-Nigeria
Chairperson of Nigeria Women Football League, NWFL, Aisha Falode said that if COVID-19 persists, the league will have to be concluded in six weeks if it won’t be cancelled. She disclosed this on Channels TV Sports this morning.
“We had a meeting with Minister of Youth and Sports Development analyzing post-COVID-19 chances of starting the league. We have operated an abridged league for three straight seasons due to a lack of funds and sponsorship. We have Group A and B which will see us have 112 games in 16 weeks for the league to finish before Super 4. If COVID-19 persists, we might have to extend the groups from two to four groups like that of last season with 12 matches per week and six weeks to complete the league before going for Super 4. This is the proposal that we presented to the Minister.” She said.
Falode also confirmed that the league will not compromise the health of players and will follow directives from relevant authorities before the commencement of the league.
“We will not compromise the health of our players. We will have to follow directives from the government, Health Ministry, Sports Ministry, and Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, to decide whether we will start or cancel the season.” She said.
NWFL Premiership was a week away from kick-off before the outbreak of Coronavirus, COVID-19 pandemic. The 16 clubs in the league were drawn into two groups of eight clubs each.
It is hoped that the league will commence when NFF and Sports Ministry give a green light for football activities to start across Nigeria.
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