By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde
Sports Writer, kick442.com Nigeria
The Nigeria Women Premier League (NWPL) Club Owners have called on the Nigeria Women Football League (NWFL) to continue the 2020/2021 NWFL Premiership and scrap the Super Six, Super Eight format without relegation.
This was agreed by the Club Owners during a virtual meeting on Saturday, April 10, 2021.
They also agreed that 2019 Champions, Rivers Angels should represent Nigeria at the 2021 Total CAF Women’s Champions League.
It should be noted that the NWFL last week decided to end the league at the end of week 13 games and go for Super Six in Ijebu Ode to determine Nigeria’s representative at the Total CAF Women’s Champions League starting with WAFU Zonal Qualifiers slated for May 2021, after a virtual meeting with Club owners.
Communiqué Issued At The End Of Virtual Meeting Of The Nigeria Women Football League Club Owners/Managers Via Video Conference on the 10th of April, 2021.
The Marathon virtual meeting of NWFL Clubs Chairmen which lasted for over 7 hours between 10 am & 6 pm on Friday, 9th of April, 2021 and 4 pm on Saturday, 10th of April, 2021, was necessary after a decision was taken by the League Board to abruptly end the 2021 NWFL Premiership season, the Club Owners arrived at the following decisions after their meeting;
1. The Meeting affirmed that the 2021 NWFL Premiership season should not be halted; the season should continue from week 14.
2. That No team shall be relegated from the 2021 NWFL Premiership season, and, that, two clubs should promote from the NWFL Championship to complement/complete/restore the initial teams in the Premiership.
3. In view of the approval of CAF to commence the CAF Women Champions League in 2021, the 2019 NWFL Premiership winners Rivers Angels are to represent Nigeria, while the winners of the current league season represent in the next edition.
4. The clubs also requested a physical AGM to be conveyed by the NWFL Board to address some certain issues concerning the league.
5. The meeting lamented poor officiating and manipulation of matches during the first round of the 2021 NWFL Premiership season, and, thereby, suggest that following measures should be taken as a step forward to curtail future occurrence:
I. The Club owners frowned and kicked against the proposed Super 6 & Relegation Playoffs.
II. Banishment of teams who practise such from the League
III. NWFL Board to send Secret Assessors to Match venues weekly
IV. The Club owners shall meet with the Nigeria Referees Association
V. Live Recording of Matches should be allowed
VI. 5 years ban on any Referee found wanting in match manipulation
VII. No Restrictions on Number of Cameras to used by both Home & Away teams.
VIII. Points Deduction from any club found wanting in bribing Referees
IX. The decisions of the Club Owners were based on majority votes
Communiqué Drafting Committee:
1. Chief Sam Kombor, Chairman
2. Sheun Betiku, Member
3. Abolore AbdulRahmon, Secretary
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