The
2
nd tier Nigeria National League, NNL will now have forty
teams, rather than thirty six after the Executive Committee of the
Nigeria Football Federation approved its re-calibration.

At
the Annual General Assembly of the League earlier, a new format was
adopted to have four groups of nine teams each as against what
obtained last season where there were just two groups.

However,
when the Executive Committee of the NFF met on Tuesday in Lagos, a
presentation was put forward by Independent vice chairman of the NNL,
Mohammed Saidu which was approved by the Federation.

Apparently,
with the format approved by the League, there would have been four
teams of nine clubs each and on every match day, one team would be
drawn by, a development that did not go down well with some
stakeholders in the League.

With
the re-calibration of the League, four other clubs would be added to
make it forty and then divided into four per group.

The
Executive Committee also in its meeting praised the concept and
implementation of the inaugural edition of the AITEO- NFF Football
Awards , declaring that the Organising Committee did a marvelous job
considering it is a first attempt and can only get better.

It
heaped encomiums on the excellent roles played by AITEO as Sponsor
and Lagos as Host City of the Awards.

Meanwhile,
in the Awards, Chelsea and Super Eagles’ player, Victor Moses and
reigning African Woman Player of the Year, Asisat Oshoala were among
the winners.

Other
winners on the night included Super Falcons’ star Rasheedat
Ajibade, Enyimba’s FC’s Ikouwem Udoh, Ann Chiejine, Kennedy
Boboye, Plateau United FC, Elkanemi Warriors FC Fans, Remo Stars FC,
Channels Television and MFM FC’s Sikiru Olatubosun.

AWARD
WINNERS

Young
Player of the Year (Women):
Rasheedat Ajibade

Young
Player of the Year (Men):
Ikouwem Udoh

Fair
Play Award:
Remo Stars FC

Fans
of the Season:
El-Kanemi Warriors FC Fans

Coach
of the Year (Women):
Ann Chiejine

Coach
of the Year (Men):
Kennedy Boboye

Goal
of the Year:
Sikiru Olatubosun (MFM FC)

Team
of the Season:
Plateau United FC

NFF
Development Award:
Channels Television (Channels Kids’ Cup)

Legends
Eleven:
Ann Chiejine, Austin Eguavoen, Felix Owolabi, Nwankwo
Kanu, Christian Chukwu, Uche Okechukwu, Segun Odegbami, Mercy
Akide-Udoh, Thompson Usiyen, Augustine ‘Jay Jay’ Okocha, Adokiye
Amiesimaka

Special
Recognition:
Nigeria’s 1973 All-Africa Games Gold Medallists

Platinum
Award:
Gianni Infantino

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