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NNL new season set for kick-off

13 February 2014, 18:03Israel Ojoko

Lagos - The Nigeria National League (NNL) 2013/14 season will commence on Saturday with mouth-watery matches holding at different stadia across the country including the Star Match of the week between Jigawa Golden Stars and Wikki Tourists in Dutse.

The 32-team Second Division league was earlier scheduled to start on January 25, 2014 but had to be shifted to Saturday, February 15 at the instance of the teams following a strong appeal to the NNL by the participating clubs that they will not be able to shoulder the huge financial burden involved in the payment of match indemnities to the officiating officials.

They therefore appealed to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) through the NNL to come to their help by taking over the payment of match indemnities to the officiating officials to reduce the incident of undue influence on the referees and prevent mass withdrawal from the league as was witnessed last year.

NNL Chairman, Emeka Inyama in Abuja that the national league will start on Saturday throughout the country, pointing out that logistics have been put in place to ensure a hitch-free league season.

According to him, “the February 15 new kick off date is sacrosanct and we have no intention to postpone it a second time. I want to assure that the management has the full backing of the NFF to kick start the league”.

Inyama who is also an Executive Board Member and Chairman, Media Sub-Committee of the NFF, disclosed that NNL is on top of the vexed issue of match indemnities to officiating match officials and declared that there is no cause for alarm.

February 15 season opener fixtures


Jigawa Golden Stars, Dutse   vs  Wikki Tourists FC, Bauchi

Nigerian Prisons FC, Abuja   vs    Kwara United, Ilorin

FRSC, Abuja                            vs    Ranchers Bees, Kaduna

DSS, Kaduna                          vs    TEAP FC, Abuja

Mighty Jets, Jos                    vs    Spotlights FC, Katsina

Sokoto United                     vs     Plateau United, Jos   

Kogi United, Lokoja            vs    Adamawa United, Yola

Niger Tornadors, Minna    vs      Supreme Court, Abuja



C.O.D, Lagos                  vs    Gabros FC, Nnewi

Union Bank, Lagos       vs    Caanan City FC, Calabar

Unicem, Calabar          vs    MFM lntl., Lagos

Akwa Starlets, Uyo      vs      Gateway FC, Abeokuta

ABS FC, Ilorin                vs     Abia Comets FC, Aba

Go Round FC                 vs     Prime FC, Oyo

Bendel Insurance FC    vs    First Bank FC, Lagos

Remo Stars FC, Ogun  vs  Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC), Ibadan

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