By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde
Sports Writer, kick442.com-Nigeria
Club Owners of the Nigeria National League, NNL during their meeting on Monday to Tuesday, June 30, 2020, resolved to cancel the league amid COVID-19 pandemic. The meeting which was held via video conferencing also saw club owners affirming that they will agree with any final decision made by the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF as far as the league is concerned.
The resolutions of the meeting which was drafted by Abdul Sule (Chairman) and Layi Adesiyan (Secretary) was made available to www.kick442.com by NNL Media Officer, Amar Ignis.
“That in all ramifications will support the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF in any decision for the good of the game, but affirmed that the NNL and its club owners should always be carried along in decisions affecting it, for better synergy.” The resolution read.
The resolution also resolved “that the 2019/2020 NNL season be cancelled following the effect of Covid-19 and restriction on sporting activities by the Federal government, which does not make the expected resumption of the League feasible; none of the 43 (Forty-three clubs in the second tier League would go on relegation or be promoted. This ended the agitation by some leading clubs to be promoted to the Nigeria Professional Football League, NPFL, as majority 13 clubs voted against 12; that there would be no registration fee to be paid by the clubs in the 2020/2021 NNL season.”
Other resolutions of the association include:
– The Club Owners tipped the NNL for immediate restructuring, a functional and effective board should be put in place and at least three times(3) members of the club are considered on the board.
– That NNL Club Owners Association should work with the new NNL board to ensure early commencement of the new season and to determine a professional standard calendar for the Most Important League.
– That there is an urgent need to rebrand the League to give it a fresh face, with the intent to attracting partnerships/Sponsors without further delay, as this was part of what put the League on hold in the first instance.
– Agreed to have a strong Committee to be constituted to critically look into the problems associated with poor officiating in the NNL, this was one of the reasons the League was placed on an endless stop.
– That the NFF should consider clubs in the NNL as part of the beneficiaries of the Palliatives from World Football body, FIFA, and the Continent’s ruling body CAF, most especially the Private club owners.
– The Meeting Suggested an enlarged and well equipped Media department in the NNL to achieve the purpose of rebranding, enhanced publicity, and attracting investors.
The meeting had earlier observed a minute silence in honour of its departed chairman Hon. Chidi offor Okenwa.
The NFF in consultation with NNL Club Owners and League Management Company, LMC have the final say as far as how the NNL and Nigeria Professional Football League, NPFL season will be concluded amid COVID-19 pandemic.
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