Cash Crunch Sends NNL Clubs On Compulsory Break, Says Katken

The 2014/2015 Nigeria National League, NNL, will this weekend go on two weeks break because of the financial problems confronting the clubs. gathered in a press release signed by NNL secretary, Lawrence Katken, that the league will go on two weeks break “because of the financial difficulties faced by the clubs”.

He pointed out that the two weeks recess is to allow the clubs ample time to source for funds to execute their matches in the second stanza of the league.

He promised that the League Management is making frantic efforts to alleviate some of the financial burdens of the participating clubs. The first stanza of the abridged league ends with this weekend’s games.

The Scribe also said that the second Transfer Window will open on 29 June and end in July, 2015 but warned that the clubs indebted to the NNL will not be allowed to transfer players during the Transfer Window, and may be stopped from participate in the league until all outstanding debts are paid.

The league has produced a lot of thrills and frills in the past seven weeks as teams struggle to win vital points to finish top of their groups to stand a good chance of picking promotion ticket at the end of the season.

In this regard, some clubs have won matches away from home to consolidate on their quest to gain promotion to the Premier League cadre next football season, while others have found themselves in the troubled waters because of poor results.

In another development, the management of Bussdor FC of Owerri has been fined the sum of Five Hundred Thousand Naira (N500, 000.00) only for abandonment of match.

In addition, Bussdor FC will forfeit three points and three goals for their refusal to complete their Week 6 tie against Remo Stars in Ijebu Ode. This was said to have contravened Article 4.2(4) and 4.2 (5) of the Rules and Regulations of the competition just as Bussdor have been warned to pay within 14 days or Article 4.2 (2) will apply.

Meanwhile, NNL has asked Sokoto State Football Association and Sokoto United FC to resolve their affiliation saga before one week or the League Management will not have any alternative than to sanction the club as contained in the Rules and Regulations governing the competition.

However, tough matches will be played across the nation this weekend with contenders and backbenchers looking forward to improve on their fortunes.

NNL Week 7 Fixtures
Kaduna Utd v Kogi Utd
Spotlight FC v Jigawa G’ Stars
Supreme FC v Plateau Utd
Yobe D.Stars v Adamawa Utd
Gombe Utd v FRSC FC
Sokoto Utd v FC Zamfara
Tornadoes v ABS FC
Nembe City v Firstbank
J. Atete FC v Gateway Utd
MFM FC v Atiba Utd
Crown FC v Go-Round FC
Bussdor FC v Prime FC
Ekiti Utd FC v Remo Stars
Ikorodu Utd v Abia Comets

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