The Chairperson of the Nigeria Women Football League, Aisha Falode, Mon­day warned that all NWFL Premiership clubs, that do not have a fresh Covid-19 test certificate for their players and officials before the Week 5 matches on Jan­uary 13, would be disquali­fied from the league.

Falode, said from her base in Lagos, that, the 16 clubs have between Janu­ary 6 and 13, 2021 to conduct a mandatory fresh Covid-19 test for all their players and officials, adding that : “It’s only logical for the clubs to update the status of the players especially after the Yuletide break which may have seen ma­jority of them travel home to celebrate with their fam­ilies whose Covid-19 status are not known.

“The NWFL board to­gether with the Secretariat thought it wise not to post­pone the Week 4 matches by one week, but to give the clubs a one week man­date to conduct fresh test to avoid unforeseen circum­stances and situation that may most probably put the NWFL into disrepute.

“So, we prefer to wait for another week to allow the clubs conduct a fresh Covid-19 test. Defaulters won’t be spared in the in­terest of ensuring proper Covid-19 preventive mea­sure as stipulated by the federal government of Ni­geria.”

She noted that, for NWFL Premiership clubs not to record any case of Covid-19 infection since the 2020/2021 season kicked off on December 9, it’s a dint of hard work on the side of the NWFL board, secretar­iat and the clubs. And we are not ready to lower our guard as it concerns the women’s league in Nigeria.

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