By Olanrewaju Akojede
Lagos, Feb. 2, 2021 The organiser of the Nigeria Women’s Football League (NWFL) says the earlier suspended league will resume on Feb. 10.
Its Media Officer, Dapo Shotiminu, made this known in a statement on Monday in Lagos.
Shotiminu said that the one month suspension of the league was lifted by Aisha Falode, NWFL’s Chairperson.
Naija247news reports that management of NWFL had on Jan. 11 suspended the women’s league as a result of shortage of COVID-19 test kits for players and officials.
“After a compulsory postponement of the 2020/2021 NWFL, Premiership matches by one month, its Chairperson, Falode, has announced the resumption of league matches on Wednesday, Feb. 10,” Shotiminu said.
He said that resumption of the league would take effect in all designated venues across the country.
“The NWFL season will now resume after all the 14 clubs had complied with the COVID-19 preventive protocols that were established before the commencement of the league on Dec. 9, 2020.
“All the clubs’ players and officials have been tested and results have been submitted to the NWFL Secretariat after thorough verification.
“Though, there are numbers of positive tests from the results, the affected clubs have been instructed to keep these players out of the team’s camp and replace them with other players who tested negative.
“The clubs are supposed to monitor these positive cases and ensure proper treatment and isolation until they come out with a clean bill of health,” he said.
Shotiminu said after the treatment regime, a fresh test would be conducted, and results to be submitted must show negative status of the affected players before they could return to the league.
He said that the dates on the match fixtures had been adjusted and copies sent to all the clubs for their matches.
“We are not going to wait for anyone again; we have lost five weeks working to ensure we prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our elite league and also save the lives of our players and officials.
“We cannot afford to wait any longer. The league will resume on Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021 going into Week Five out of 26 weeks to be played with a total of 182 matches,” he said.
Shotiminu said that the Week Five fixtures have Confluence Queens against FC Robo at the Lokoja Stadium, while Delta Queens battle Bayelsa Queens at the Agbor Stadium.
“Edo Queens will host Nasarawa Amazons at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin City.
“In other matches, Abia Angels battle Sunshine Queens, in Umuahia; Ibom Angels tango Rivers Angels in Uyo; Osun Babes take on Dream Stars of Lagos at the Osogbo Township Stadium.
“The Pelican Stars will slug it out with Royal Queens at the U.J Esuene Stadium, Calabar,” he said.