*Chief Emeka Inyama, NNL boss.
.NNL Introduces Branded Match Balls For New Season
Determined to produce the true champions of the 2012/2013 season, the Nigeria National League, NNL, has ordered the four clubs that qualified to join the elite rank to converge on Abuja for the mini-league football competition tagged the Super Four.
The participating clubs are Giwa FC and FC Taraba from Group A, while Abia Warriors FC and Crown FC of Ogbomosho are from Group B. They are to do battle at a neutral ground this time around to know which team is the over-all champions of the National League.
The event slated for the FIFA Goal Project, Package B of the National Stadium, Abuja will hold from Tuesday, 12 November through Thursday, 14 November, 2013.
In a letter released by NNL Secretary, Lawrence Katken, the affected clubs have been advised to arrive in Abuja on or before 12 November, just as he assured that arrangements have been concluded to host a hitch-free event.
Meanwhile, in accordance with the global best practice, the Executive Board of NNL, has concluded plans to introduce branded match balls for the use of participating teams from the 2013/2014 season.
Also, the NNL is to be registered with the relevant Federal Government agencies as a limited liability company to make for the effective and profitable management of the National League.
NNL Executive Board Chairman, Chief Emeka Inyama, who disclosed this to the media on Thursday in Abuja revealed that all clubs that will take part in the league will receive a uniformed branded match balls for their use.
He hinted that from the new season, match officials will enforce the strict use of the branded balls on match days, as it is the practice in other major leagues across the world.
He said arrangement has been concluded with a company to supply the items which the NNL will in turn supply to the participating clubs.
According to him the introduction of the branded match balls is part of the new innovations promised by NNL to make the league the envy of other leagues in the world not only in Africa.
“ As part of the changes in the administration of the national league, we have approached the NFF to grant us the power to register the NNL as a limited liability company. I am happy to say that the approval has been given and we would commence the registration process immediately”, Inyama stated.
He argued that the registration will enable the NNL to attract corporate sponsorship and private sector participation in the promotion of the league.