Chairperson of the Nigeria Women Football League (NWFL) Board Aisha Falode has warned that clubs who fail to comply with the Covid-19 preventive protocols would be ‘delisted’ from the 2020/21 Premiership.
The NWFL boss gave this warning during a recent appearance on a radio show.
After just four Match Days, the 2020/21 NWFL Premiership is currently on a one-month suspension due to the failure of some clubs to provide proofs of Covid-19 tests, which they insist are expensive to carry out.
Falode, who is also an Executive Committee member of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), however, expressed optimism that all the clubs would comply with the Covid-19 preventive protocols before the expiration of the one-month suspension, because of its health importance.
“I don’t think any of them would not comply, but if you do not comply, that means you want to put other people who have complied at risk, and we would not let you do that. They would be delisted,” the erstwhile CAF Media Committee Member stated.
“And I don’t think any club wants that to happen. So, it’s something that you have to do.
“You are not doing it for me. You are not doing it for the NFF. You are not doing it for the Ministry of Sports or Health. You are doing it for yourself.
“When they say something is between, it’s a matter of life and death, you choose life over death, and that’s what I want the clubs to do.”
While announcing the postponement of the NWFL Premiership two weeks ago, Falode urged all clubs to ensure they fulfill the underlisted requirements in the one-month period:
(a) Mandatory COVID-19 tests to be carried out at government-approved centres and hospitals. These tests must be sustained when the League resumes.
(b) The full results of the tests, indicating where they were conducted should be forwarded to the NWFL secretariat in Abuja.
(c) Results that are not from government – approved centres and hospitals will not be accepted and the affected clubs risk being suspended from the league.