National League Board Commends Clubs


The board of Nigeria National League, NNL, has expressed satisfaction that all the 36 clubs in the league played to the rules and regulations of the game during the first round of the league which ended last weekend.

Chairman on the NNL board, Chief Emeka Inyama, who made this remark during the first NNL monthly award ceremony at the weekend in Abuja, disclosed that clubs have continued to get results in both home and away matches without any violent incident from the fans during and after the league matches.

Inyama urged the clubs to ensure that the peaceful atmosphere that has prevailed in the first stanza of the league continues when the second round of the league kicks off.

He noted that the league organisers will not relent in ensuring a violent free season, warning that any club that violates the rules and regulations of the game will be punished accordingly.

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“We are happy how the first stanza of the league ended without violence; we know the importance of recognising the actors of the game and that is why we instituted the monthly reward to clubs and players. We are conscious of the fact that we cannot move football forward without rewarding those who take part in the game.

“We congratulate all the clubs for ensuring that the first round ended without any reported violence. While we urge you to maintain the clean slate, we will not hesitate to visit any act of violence with a severe penalty because we believe that it is only under a violent free atmosphere that fans can enjoy football,” he warned.

Nasarawa United FC of Lafia and Meridian Airways FC of Kano were rewarded with cash prizes of N50,000 each and certificates for emerging the best club of the month of February and best behaved team respectively, while Giwa FC of Jos attacker, Ibrahim Shuaibu, also got the same prize for emerging the best player of the month of February.

—Francis Achi/ Abuja

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