The NWFL board has directed the postponement of week 5 NWFL Premiership fixtures to allow for the collation and validation of COVID-19 test results for players and officials of all 14 NWFL teams.
Matchday 5 fixtures will now be played on January 20. This was revealed by the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the League, Faith Ben.
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“The NWFL do not want to take risks with any of the clubs going by the fresh wave of increased COVID-19 infections due to the new variants of the deadly disease which have left more people dead in Nigeria than before, Chairperson of the NWFL board Aisha Falode said.
“We are currently verifying and validating results sent in by some of the 14 clubs not up to half of the clubs in the league. We are also going to verify the authenticity of the test centres sent in by the clubs from the Federal Ministry of Health and the relevant state’s Ministry of Health, going by the reports that some clubs are going to unapproved centres to conduct the test.
“Tests from unapproved centres will be rejected after verification and the clubs involved suspended from the league,” she added according to the NWFL website.
Falode also stressed that: “The board has given enough time to the clubs to complete the test and send results with proof (pictures) from government approved test centres, to the secretariat by mail and hard copies (original) on or before Friday 15th January 2021.”
She added that any club found wanting at the end of the exercise will be suspended from the league indefinitely and the NWFL may have to take over the testing of all the clubs to avoid any of the clubs putting the league into disrepute.