Football devt summit: NNL plans big for 2021/22 season

The Nigeria National League (NNL) has declared its readiness to uplift the standard of the league ahead of 2021/22 season.

The Chief Executive Officer of NNL, Barrister Sajo Mohammed, who spoke on the sidelines of a football seminar organised by Vandyke Academy of Sports incolloboration with NNL said as from next season, any club that fail to meet basic standards will not be cleared to participate in the league.

According to him, “The seminar was organised for club managers and chairmen to keep them abraised of improved footballing architecture globally.

“For instance, this seminar is meant to show how football rules and technology have evolved. As from next season, any club that fail to upgrade their stadium or get a standard playing venue will not be allowed to be part of the season. I know that we are yet to get to European or American level in terms of infrastructure development but we must atleast follow basic standards.

“Due to the importance attached to this seminar, experts from Itally and other developed countries are part of it.”

On the issue of hooliganism in the NNL, the Chief executive assured that efforts are on to deal decisively with perpetrators.

He also revealed that mega sponsorship drive for the league which is already on would be completed by 2022.

Also speaking, Vice President of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi, said hooliganism in Nigeria football can be tackled through structural procedures already in place.

He said, “There’s no way NFF executive committee will just delve into issues that emanate from the league without allow various structures to do their work.

“If we just come up and begin to take actions, it means we are already bring biased.”