Friday 18th August, 2017
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Nationwide League board plans to take more clubs

Nationwide League board plans to take more clubs

Ahead of today's board meeting of the executives of the Nigerian Nationwide League (NWL) in Abuja, there are indications that the numbered of clubs participating in the lowest cadre of Nigerian football league may be increased

The chairman of the board, Mohammed Alkali, who dropped the hint in a chat with journalists at the weekend, insisted that the plans are all geared at transforming the league and bringing it closer to the grassroots.

The chairman, who was spotted at the National Stadium during the Winners Cup female football clash between Nassarawa Amazons and Rivers Angels last weekend, told The AUTHORITY that his board will be seeking a way to reform the league by taking the game to the local communities and involving more teams.

"Actually we are holding a board meeting on Tuesday in order to deliberate on pressing issues that will lead to the transformation of the local league.

"Presently we have about 56 teams in the Nation Wide League 1, but we want to increase the number, thereby taking the game closer to the communities.

"We wish to contribute in making the job of our national team coaches (especially those in age grade competitions) easier, by helping them discover these talents and also monitor their ages."

Speaking on some ugly incidences witnessed during the 2016 season, the chairman said that the board is bent on bringing sanity to officiating by sanctioning erring referees, while assuring that those that performed well would be rewarded at the end of the season.

He noted that efforts are been made to attract sponsorship to the league as talks are at high levels with some corporate organizations.