The Nigeria Women Football League (NWFL) has resolved that 2020/21 Premiership season will be played in a straight league format.
The resolution was contained in a communique issued by the NWFL communique drafting committee after a videoconferencing meeting and received by Africa Top Sports.
The NWFL stated that decision was unanimously reached by all the club owners who attended the meeting.
According to the communique the straight league format will enable player to be prepared with more quality maths in the coming season.
Also it will give players in the NWFL a competitive advantage as they prepare for the maiden edition of the continental Women’s CAF Champions League.
The meeting also saw the proposing of a central insurance company to handle the insurance of players and officials of the NWFL.
Dekaizen Worldwide Limited Insurance Company was proposed by the Club Owners to capture injury, accident and life assurance for players.
Also, the NWFL management led by Aisha Falode used the avenue to thank FIFA/CAF for providing a succour for the financial stress for COVID -19 on football through the Special Solidarity Covid Relief Palliative for Women’s football.
Before the meeting, a minute of silence was in honour of Late Henrietta Ukaigwe and Gabriel Adejor.
Late Ukaigwe was a board member and head of the media committee of the NWFL while Adejor was head coach of Edo Queens.
The communique reads as follows;
“The NWFL thanked FIFA/CAF in providing a succour for the financial stress for COVID -19 on football through the Special Solidarity Covid Relief Palliative for Women’s football.
“The NWFL and Club Owners also thanked the NFF for their transparency in the published/communicated disbursement schedule of the FIFA Palliative Fund even though the money is yet to be received by the clubs.
“The meeting affirmed that the NWFL Premiership for season 2020/21 will be played in a straight league format to ensure that players are well prepared with more quality matches in the coming season and give them a competitive advantage in their preparedness for the maiden continental Women’s CAF Champions League.
“The NWFL reiterated its advise to clubs to ensure strict compliance with the Club Licensing Regulations adopted by the board that would serve as a gate pass for clubs to commence full registration for the new season.”
“The Women Club Owners opted for a central Insurance company to handle the insurance scheme of players and officials in the league.
“The Dekaizen Worldwide Limited Insurance Company was proposed by the Club Owners to capture injury, accident and life assurance for players.
“The NWFL ratified their proposal on the choice of insurance company.
“Clubs were advised to carry out thorough medical and fitness tests on their players before the commencement of the new season.
“Emphasis was placed on the need for the medical test to be conducted in any Government Hospital that would guarantee a complete and comprehensive medical tests on the players upon which medical certificates will be forwarded to the NWFL for verification and documentation.
“In keeping with the FIFA/CAF transparency guidelines on players’ transfer matters , clubs were encouraged to take advantage of the Domestic Transfer Matching System (DTMS) seminar put together by the NWFL.
“Clubs were mandated to clear all backlog of outstanding salaries/allowances to players and caution fines incurred during the last season.
“The NWFL eagerly awaits the lifting of the ban on all contact sports for the commencement of the most improved and successful women’s league in all divisions.