Abuja - The Nigeria Nationwide League (NNWL) says it has concluded arrangements to insure players and officials in the league with Standard Alliance Insurance Company starting from 2013/2014 season.
NNWL Secretary Shola Ogunnowo told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday in Abuja that the insurance policy would cover the players and officials only when they were on duty.
``The NNWL has concluded arrangements on an agreement with Standard Alliance Insurance Company for a comprehensive insurance scheme for all league players and their officials.
``We held series of meetings with different insurance companies, but at the end we reached an agreement with them.
``Hopefully, it will be discussed at our Annual General Assembly (AGA) where the final decision will be taken.
``However, the secretariat has already taken a stand, which has been recommended to the AGA.
``The board has already approved the decision, so we are presenting it to the AGA for ratification.
``It is a comprehensive one that covers accident and injuries for players only when they are on duty. This means that it will only cover them when the season is on,’’ the NNWL secretary said.
Ogunnowo said that insurance policy for clubs was an international norm for unexpected situations.
``Insurance policy for clubs, which covers players and officials, is a normal thing internationally.
``We are adopting it is because the NNWL cannot stand and watch club owners endangering the lives of these young people travelling up and down in the course of duty.
``And if something terrible happens to them, which we are not praying for, these people will be left to their fate.
``So, what we are trying to do is to prepare for the unexpected,’’ he told NAN.
The NNWL secretary, however, said the policy would be included in clubs’ annual registration fees to ensure that all the clubs were captured in the process.
``The insurance policy will be part of what the clubs will pay for in their annual registration fees.
``It will be built into the registration procedure and that is when we can only ascertain that all the clubs are under this insurance package.
``This is because when you are registering, you present the list of your players and officials. The insurance company will be on ground to capture their details in its database,’’ Ogunnowo said.
NAN recalls that the chairman of the league board, Ahmed Kawu, had earlier hinted that the 2013/2014 season would commence in January 2014 but with no fixed date yet.
The NNWL is the third tier of Nigerian leagues previously referred to as the Nigeria Amateur League.