The Nigeria Women Football League has postponed the Match Day 5 games following the inability of all the 14 clubs to meet up with directives of the league management on COVID-19 protocols.
According to the Chairperson of the NWFL, Aisha Falode, in a statement said these measures are being put in place to prevent an increase in infections as well as putting the league into disrepute.
“The NWFL do not want to take a risk with any of the clubs going by the fresh wave of increased COVID-19 infections due to the new variants of the deadly disease which have left more people dead in Nigeria than before.”
“We are currently verifying and validating results sent in by some of the 14 clubs not up to half of the clubs in the league.
“We are also going to verify the authenticity of the test centres sent in by the clubs from the Federal Ministry of Health and the relevant state’s Ministry of Health, going by the reports that some clubs are going to unapproved centres to conduct the test.
“Tests from unapproved centres will be rejected after verification and the clubs involved suspended from the league.
“The postponement of the league by one week is due to the tasking process of collation and validation. Because of this, the board of the NWFL found imperative to postpone the Week 5 matches to allow the Secretariat to complete their job on the ongoing Covid-19 test on clubs concerned,” she said.
Falode further stressed that all the clubs must submit the genuine results or will be suspended indefinitely.
“The board has given enough time to the clubs to complete the test and send results with proof (pictures) from government-approved test centres, to the Secretariat by mail and hard copies (original) on or before Friday 15th January 2021.”
The NWFL Chief Operating Officer, Mrs. Faith Ben-Anuge, noted from Abuja that, that the postponed Week 5 matches will now be played on Wednesday, January 20, 2021.