NNL Adopts Abridged League Format As NFF Mandates New Season To End In April 2024

The President, Nigeria Football Federation NFF, Alhaji Ibrahim Gusau has charged the secretariat of the Nigeria National League to urgently work out modalities to commence the 2023/2024 new season.

Gusau directed that in order to meet with set out football calendar, the Nigeria National League must be concluded in the month of APRIL, 2024.

The NFF President made this known during a Tripartite meeting held on Sunday September 24th at the board room of the office of the NFF President, between the President of the Nigeria football governing body, NFF, the Nigeria National League, NNL and the executives of NNL Club Owners Association (NALCOMA).

The meeting therefore, agreed to adopt the Abridge League format, with proper consideration to proximity of clubs .

The NFF warned all clubs to eschew conducts that are inimical to the smooth operations of the league, while strongly noting that strict adherance to the rule books is key and will be no accommodation for any form of conduct or attempts that will bring the game of football to disrepute.

The Nigeria Football Federation assured the League of it’s full support, while promising to assist the League to secure credible sponsors.

The NFF admonished the NNL Secretariat to as a matter of immediate urgency consider a thorough review of registration fees for the 2023/2024 league season in order to facilitate early resumption of the league.

The meeting agreed that only clubs that meet the NNL club licensing regulations would be allowed to register in the 2023/2024 League season.

It also agreed that only venues that pass the NNL stadium facilities criteria will be approved to host NNL league matches.

Furtherance to this, the NNL Secretariat was directed to commence stadium facilities inspection immediately.

The Nigeria Football Federation requested for complete scrutiny and understanding of the rules and regulations of the Nigeria National League to accommodate more stringent measures.

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