The 2020/2021 Nigeria Women Football League (NWFL) has been suspended for additional one month to enable club complete their COVID-19 tests.
The suspension was announced by Chairperson of the NWFL Madam Aisha Falode.
According to a statement issued by the NWFL irregularities discovered during the one-week postponement of the league to enable clubs carry out their test is the rationale behind the decision.
The statement reads as follows;
“The Chairperson of the Nigeria Women Football League, Aisha Falode, at the weekend announced an additional one month postponement of the NWFL Premiership season in a frantic bid to ensure strict compliance with COVID-19 Preventive Protocols that were established before the League started on December 9, 2020.
Falode, said from her base in Lagos that ;
“The irregularities and discoveries made during the one-week postponement of the Week 5 matches to allow clubs carry out COVID-19 tests for all their players and officials led to the decision.”
She disclosed that: “Feedback from the one-week suspension to allow for COVID-19 re-testing by clubs exposed flaws in complying with the NWFL directives.
After due consultations, it has been agreed that a further one-month period should be given to allow for due diligence by all the clubs and stakeholders for strict compliance.
We realised that clubs were not taking enough COVID-19 protocol precautionary measures.”
Falode, who is also a board member of the Nigeria Football Federation declared that: “Clubs and stakeholders should within the one month period meet the following requirements:
- Mandatory COVID-19 tests to be carried out at government-approved centres and hospitals.
- These tests must be sustained when the League resumes.
- The full results of the tests, indicating where they were conducted should be forwarded to the NWFL secretariat in Abuja.
- Results that are not from government – approved centres and hospitals will not be accepted and the affected clubs risk being suspended from the league.”
The NWFL Chairperson said the league board count on the support and cooperation of all the clubs and stakeholders to make our League safe and healthy.