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NNL bars clubs from withdrawing halfway

04 February 2014, 16:53

Abuja - Chairman of Nigeria National League (NNL), Emeka Inyama says the league body has bared clubs in the second tier from mid-season withdrawals.

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.



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