Abuja - Chairman of Nigeria National League (NNL), Emeka
Inyama says the league body has bared clubs in the second tier from mid-season
Inyama made this known in an interview with the News Agency
of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday.
He said that a situation where clubs withdraw mid-way into
the season, had been a serious challenge to football in the NNL.
He said the problem of encroachment on the field of play and
beating of referees, had also been addressed, adding that protest fees had been
raised to N100 000.
Inyama, who is Chairman of Abia Warriors FC, said that the
innovations were to ensure a stronger and better 2013/14 season.
“For the first time in the history of the NNL, we have put
in place uniform official match balls of the same size to be used in all
venues. It is now compulsory for national league matches to be played with the
official match balls”.
“The minimum number of balls in a match should be about 15
at any given time to avoid delay.
“We have also introduced match assessors as part of match
officiating, as well as official national league badges on all jerseys for
players,” he said.
He said the match assessors were not meant to erode the
function of match commissioners, but to strengthen it.
“The reports of match assessors will count in any match, and
it is meant to assess the performance of a match commissioner and referees.
“With this development, the match commissioner will also
have somebody looking at him.
“Whenever there is an issue, the report of the match
assessor is also taken into consideration,” he said.
Inyama regretted the postponement of the commencement of the
NNL as earlier announced due to financial constraints.
“We expect that come February 15, the NNL will take off in
full steam,” he said.