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NNL gives clubs tough conditions ahead of new season

The management of Nigeria’s most important league, the Nigeria National League (NNL) have asked the 43 club sides in the league to submit to its Secretariat their preferred venues for home matches on or before the 23rd of September, 2020, the reports.

It will be recalled the NNL in a renewed effort to ensure that the lives of players and officials are adequately protected, the NNL has reeled out strong medical dictates to safeguard the fitness of the dramatic personnel on and off the pitch of play

According to the Chief Operating Officer, Mr Emmanuel Adesanya, the venue for the competitive league games must be different from training pitches and that both shall be inspected before the commencement of the new season.

Such home grounds the NNL asserted must be safe and appropriate and should meet the facility requirements, as stipulated in the NNL rule books.

The stadium’s assessment that will follow, is to ascertain compliance and level of readiness to host the NNL 2021 League matches.

Speaking further, Mr Adesanya said clubs are mandated to provide functional Electronic scoreboard in their home grounds and in the absence of such, a manual scoreboard with black background (Minimum size of 8×5 meters) should be in place.

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The COO also said a standard substitution board with a minimum measurement of 14 inches x 10 inches, fortified Perimeter fencing of at least 2 meters in height as well as functional dressing rooms for teams and match officials must be provided by the clubs.

Adesanya warned that the NNL may consider an alternative venue for the stadium(s) that fall short of the requirements stipulated above.

Meanwhile, the NNL has mandated the clubs to supply official email and other contact details.

This is with a view to putting an end to sending official correspondences to individuals or unauthorized email accounts.

”Claims in the past by some clubs that they do not get NNL correspondences will be put to a permanent end when clubs provide it with official (Authorized) communication channels,” he said.

“We at the NNL consider communication a key factor in our attempt to revamp the Most Important League in the country, this matter is urgent and must be treated as such by all clubs,” he said.

The NNL also said the League will only resume in adherence to the instructions of the Nigeria Football Federation, Federal Ministry of Sports and the Presidential Task-Force regulations on Covid-19 protocols.


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