160 clubs ready as NNWL kicks off
The Nigeria Nationwide League (NNWL) will feature a total of 160 football clubs from division one to three in the competition, which kicks off today, officials of the league governing body have disclosed.
On Monday in Lagos, NNWL officials, stakeholders in the league and members of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) board gathered to assess the progress of the league and then look at how to make the 2014/2015 season a success.
According to the NNWL, 56 clubs will vie for promotion to the Nigeria National League from the Division One, which competition kicks off today, while Division Two, with 30 clubs will commence on Thursday next week.
Division Three with 64 clubs will start in July, just as the season will come to a close before the end of August in conformity with the guidelines issued by the league’s parent body, the NFF.
The star match of the opening week will involve Wudiu Football Club and Shekarau Babes Football Club in Kano.
NNWL Chairman, Alhaji Muazu Kawu, disclosed that the competition has gone through a lot of restructuring and redesigning of activities, adding that efforts were on top gear to bring in new activities in line with global best practices.
“We are introducing a season opening match from this league season. The aim of this event is to provide an opportunity for interested organizations to have a feel of the kind of crowds and audience we command as Nigeria’s community and grassroots league and showcase these opportunities to corporate Nigeria,” he noted.
Also speaking at the event, NFF Vice President, Seyi Adewunmi, applauded the NNWL for its relentless efforts to create opportunities for Nigerians, who use NNWL as a stepping-stone to their football career.
“The NNWL is the place where so many stars emanate from, and as a matter of fact, the board of NFF has big plans for NNWL and will continue to support them, both financially and technical knowhow,” Akinwunmi said.