Cash-Crunch Force Nigeria Second Tier League, NNL To Move Kick Off Date

By SoundBite News Admin on February 28, 2018

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Kick off date for the 2017-2018 Nigeria National League (NNL) has been moved by the League body to a later period, official of the league has announced.Whirlwindnews.com gathered from reliable source that the postponement of the league which was meant to start earlier in a World Cup year was due to financial drought plaguing the league body.

However, a Press Release, made available to this Platform on Saturday by Spokesman of the country’s second tier league, Amar Ignis claimed that the indefinite shift in date was for what he described as “appropriating more time for crucial logistics to be tidied up.

”The official release read thus; “The commencement date was before now scheduled in the first week of March ,but pressing developments meant the earlier timetable was no longer feasible.“A new date to flag off the League will be announced by the secretariat in the nearest possible time.“The League body has concluded plans that will see it embark on stadia /facility inspection for the forty  (40) teams, from the 2nd through to the 3rd of March,2018.

Clubs have been instructed to submit to the League management their venues for home matches, accordingly.“Stadia inspectors and their team have been charged on the need for thorough inspection and to ensure that only stadium that meets required standards are recommended for use and approval.

“Registration of clubs for the new season is still ongoing ,registration formalization, Bet9ja  NNL has declared will end on the 7th of March,2018. League’s chief operating officer,Mr.Lawrence Katken proclaimed there will be no extension and late registration after the deadline given.“NNL now has twenty (20) teams in the North and same in the South,following ratification of the format by the Nigeria Football Federation.‎”

Despite a sponsorship deal entered into with a betting company, NNL, during last football season severally owed match officials including Referees which brought the season to abrupt halt following strike declared by Nigeria Referees Association.

 

Posted on March, 29 2018

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