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[Nigeria] NNL List Out Requirements For Clubs Home Ground Ahead Of New Season


The Management of the Nigeria Lower Division League has to ask Clubs participating for the 2020/2021 season of the Nigeria National League, (NNL)  to submit to the Secretariat of the League body their preferred venues for home matches on or before the 23rd of September, 2020.

According to the Management, Such home grounds asserted by the NNL must be safe, appropriate and should meet the facility requirements, as stipulated in the NNL rule books.

Chief Operating Officer of the Most Important League, Mr Emmanuel Adesanya said the venue for the competitive league games must be different from training pitches and that both shall be inspected before the commencement of the new season.

The stadium’s assessment that will follow, is to ascertain compliance and level of readiness to host the NNL 2021 League matches.

Speaking further, Mr.Adesanya said clubs are mandated to provide functional Electronic Scoreboard in their home grounds and in the absence of such, a manual Scoreboard with black background (Minimum size of 8×5 meters) should be in place.

Adesanya gave other requirements as:
3. A standard Substitution board with a minimum measurement of 14 inches x 10 inches
4. Fortified Perimeter fencing of at least 2 meters in height.
5. Functional dressing rooms for teams and match officials.

Adesanya warned that the NNL may consider an alternative venue for the stadium(s) that fall short of the requirements stipulated above.

Meanwhile, the NNL has mandated the clubs to supply official email and other contact details.
This is with a view to putting an end to sending official correspondences to individuals or unauthorized email accounts.

Mr.Emmanuel Adesanya said,” Claims in the past by some clubs that they do not get NNL correspondences will be put to a permanent end when clubs provide it with official (Authorized) communication channels.”
“We at the NNL consider communication a key factor in our attempt to revamp the Most Important League in the country, this matter is urgent and must be treated as such by all clubs”

The NNL also said the League will only resume in adherence to the instructions of the Nigeria Football Federation, Federal Ministry of Sports and the Presidential Task-Force regulations on Covid-19 protocols.

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