The Nigeria Women Football League (NWFL) has threatened to disqualify any club participating in the league without a fresh test certificate for players and officials before the Week 5 matches on January 13.
According to the Chairperson of the NWFL, Aisha Falode, the clubs in the league have between January 6 and 13, 2021 to conduct a mandatory fresh Covid-19 test for all their players and officials.
“It’s only logical for the clubs to update the status of the players especially after the Yuletide break which may have seen the majority of them travel home to celebrate with their families whose Covid-19 status are not known.
“The NWFL board together with the Secretariat thought it wise not to postpone the Week 4 matches by one week, but to give the clubs a one week mandate to conduct fresh tests to avoid unforeseen circumstances and situation that may most probably put the NWFL into disrepute.
“So, we prefer to wait for another week to allow the clubs to conduct a fresh Covid-19 test. Defaulters won’t be spared in the interest of ensuring proper Covid-19 preventive measure as stipulated by the federal government of Nigeria.”
She noted that, for NWFL Premiership clubs not to record any case of Covid-19 infection since the 2020/2021 season kicked off on December 9, it’s a dint of hard work on the side of the NWFL board, secretariat and the clubs. And we are not ready to lower our guard as it concerns the women’s league in Nigeria.
“The test results must be forwarded to the NWFL Secretariat, for clubs to receive the go-ahead to continue in the league,” she said.
Meanwhile, Bayelsa Queens Football Club have compiled with the directive to carry out another round of the test to ascertain the statute of the players before the Match Day six.
The test was conducted at the Bayelsa State Molecular Laboratory and Diagnostic Center located at the Medical University with all the players and officials of the Club in attendance.