NNL Says January 16 Kick off Not Feasible As Annual General Assembly Holds on 15
As against the Nigeria Football Federation announcement of January 16th kickoff date for the Nigeria National League, the management of the NNL has said that the date could not be possible as the Annual General Assembly (AGA) and new season draw of the Nigeria National League (NNL) has been scheduled to hold Friday the 15th of January, 2021 in the capital City of the Salt of the Nation Abakaliki , Ebonyi State.
As it is customary, the yearly AGA precedes the start of a fresh season, the management of the Most Important League has chosen the Prestigious Salt Lake Hotel in Abakaliki as venue.
NNL’s Chief Operating Officer (COO), Emmanuel Adesanya who disclosed this to the Media and Communication arm of the League, said the Ordinary AGA which will afford major stakeholders the chance to deliberate and take decisions on key issues before commencement of the 2020/2021 season, will have only Presidents of the clubs or their certified representatives in attendance.
It would be recalled that the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) earlier at its last meeting mooted 16th of January,2021 as kick off date for the NNL, but as it appears the date is not looking feasible.
“The AGA scheduled in Ebonyi will indeed provide us that veritable avenue to chart the way forward, and I can assure that the new NNL season will not take long to start “ the coo noted.
The COO added that, the Presidents of the NNL Clubs are expected to arrive Abakaliki on Thursday 14 ahead of the AGA and depart Saturday 16 after the AGA on Friday 15.
The Abakaliki AGA will be the first under current NNL Chairman,Senator Obinna Ogba,the last NNL AGA was held in Enugu in 2019 with late Honourable Chidi Ofo Okenwa as chairman.
The NNL went on break on December 2019 but never returned throughout 2020 due to some unforeseen circumstances, and outbreak of the global COVID-19 pandemic.
The Nigeria National League was established in 1972 as the Nigeria League(First League) with six clubs ,the name changed to Professional League (Pro- League) on the 12th of May,1990 ,It metamorphosed into the Nigeria National League (NNL) in 2012 after a Congress held in Kaduna.
The Nigeria National League was halted in December 2019 when the league went festive break and had since not returned back.