NFF approves re-calibration of Nigeria National League

The 2nd 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.


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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