Lagos - Sublime football at the grassroot level in Nigeria
will kick off when Kano Pillars Jr. trade tackles with Giadano FC of Kano in a
game that promises to be a cracker at the Sani Abacha stadium, Kano on Friday
3rd June, by 4:00pm.
This was disclosed by
Shola Ogunnowo, Secretary of the Nationwide League One, as he revealed that the
league body has put in place all the necessary logistics and organisation for a
proper opening game, as hostilities in the Nationwide League 1 begins across
all the venues for the 2015/16 season this weekend.
According to the scribe of the league body, the clubs in the
Nationwide League have all registered for the league season and their players
have undergone top class medical examination to ascertain the medical fitness
of these players in order to avoid football tragedies on the field.
He added that the secretariat is working with a certified
medical professional, who is a member of FIFA medical network (Dr. Adebola
Olajide) and this medical exercise is compulsory for all the registered players
in the league, stressing further that the medical examinations will dwell on
the heart condition of the players and officials, their blood, pulse and other
necessary medical tests.
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The medical exercise has already been concluded in some
states in the Federation. “We are ready. We are fully prepared and the Congress
of the League body has approved the kick off date at the last congress. We are
really concerned with the medical fitness of these players and we have done the
medical test for all the players in the Nationwide League division 1 and the
States are eager for the league to begin and we are good to go,” Ogunnowo
There are 40 clubs in Nationwide League One that will be
battling for honours across the federation and they are divided into eight
groups. Winners of each group will gain promotion to the Nigeria National
League (NNL) at the end of the season.
News24 reported in January that the Nationwide League
management denied a publication in some online media that the secretariat of
the NLO has increase club registration for the new season from N50 000 to N150
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