Lower League To Kick Off New Football Season On January 30

The Nigeria National League (formerly National Division 1) is the second tier of club football in Nigeria.
The Nigeria National League (formerly National Division 1) is the second tier of club football in Nigeria.

 

Officials of the Nigeria National League have announced Saturday, 30th January as the kick-off date for the 2020/2021 football season.

The NNL, Nigeria’s second-tier league which provides a platform for teams to gain promotion into the top tier league has been on hold since December due to administrative, financial, and recently Covid-19 challenges.

The decision to commence the league was reached at the Annual General Meeting which held in the Ebonyi State capital, Abakaliki on Friday.

Chairman of the NNL and Member of the Executive Committee of the Nigeria Football Federation, Senator Obinna Joseph Ogba and his board presided over proceedings where the draws for the groupings and fixtures were made in the presence of representatives of the 46 teams involved.

The teams are placed into four groups. Group A1 has 11 teams, A2 has 10 teams, B1 with 12 teams while B2 has 13 teams.

Some selected opening day fixtures in group A1 include; Sokoto United vs Aklosendi FC, Oyah Sports vs Green Berets FC, EFCC vs FC Taraba while NAF FC will take on Mighty Jets.

In group B1, Go Round will tackle Akajobi FC, Shooting Stars of Ibadan will play Calabar Rovers while Stationery Stores of Lagos will battle Giant Brillars FC.

In group B2, Bendel Insurance received a bye for the opening round fixture but J. Atete will lock horns with Abia Comets FC, Remo Stars will go against Godosky FC while Apex Krane will host Bayelsa United FC to begin their campaign.

GROUPINGS

Northern Conference (A1): El-Kanemi Warriors, EFCC FC, NAF FC, Oyah Sports FC, Rarara FC, Sokoto United FC, Aklosendi FC, Gombe United FC, Green Berets FC, Mighty Jets FC, FC Taraba

Northern Conference (A2): Niger Tornadoes FC, Road Safety FC, DMD FC, Malumfashi FC, Kebbi United FC, Yobe Desert Stars, Zamfara United FC, Kogi United FC, ABS FC, Real Stars FC

Southern Conference (B1): Go Round FC, Stores FC, 3SC, Dynamite FC, Delta Force FC, Nilayo FC, Nnewi United FC, Vandrezzer FC, Ekiti United FC, rovers FC, Giant Brillars FC, Akajobi FC

Southern Conference (B2): Bendel Insurance, Joy Cometh FC, Crown FC, J. Atete FC, Apex Krane FC, Remo Stars FC, Ibom Youth FC, FC One Rocket, Godosky FC, Bayelsa United FC, Abia Comets FC, Jossy FC, Gateway FC

NNL Warns Football Clubs Against Assault On Officials

NNLThe board of the Nigeria National League (NNL) has read the riot act to clubs participating in the league saying an assault on match officials will now attract a fine of one million naira to be paid within 14 days in addition to the banishment of such teams.

Chairman of the Nigeria National League (NNL), Mr Emeka Inyama, who announced this in Abuja, said that the board can no longer tolerate the increasing assault on match officials by some football clubs and their fans.

In a communique made available to journalists, the board resolved that in view of the pending disciplinary matters, inspection of stadia with defects and to allow for the rescheduling of outstanding matches, the second phase of the league will now kick off on July 25.

The board further warned all clubs indebted to the league in any manner to clear such indebtedness before the resumption of the second round or risk been barred from further participating in the Nigeria National League.

Match officials escape being lynched by irate fans in Kano

An ugly situation was averted in Kano on Saturday as angry fans attempted lynching the centre referee in the match between Sardauna of Kano and Sportlight of Katsina. The game was played at the Kano Pillars Township Stadium.

His assistants and other match officials also escaped death by the whiskers from angry supporters of the Kano-based team at the end of Nigeria National League fixture which ended in a 1-1 draw.

Trouble started when some angry home fans at the stadium violently protested the outcome of the clash between the northern neighbours when the centre referee ended the game

They began hauling missiles unto the pitch, and it took the intervention of club officials to calm them down.

At that point, security agents were compelled to provide cover for the match officials, who investigations revealed, were smuggled to a safe place in the ancient city.

Attempts to speak to the match officials proved abortive as they were in a state of shock, but it was confirmed that none of them suffered any bodily harm.

The visiting Katsina side had scored first in the first stanza securing a 1-0 lead.

They held on to the lone goal advantage into the second stanza of the game.

Sarduana FC launched various offensives which paid off when Ndah Abdulkareem fired home from 25 yards to level score for the home side.