Deputy Governor of Nasarawa State, Dr. Emmanuel Akabe says that the state is ready to host a successful kick-off of the 2023/ 2024 Nigeria National League (NNL) slated for Saturday, November 11 at the newly renovated Lafia City Stadium, Nasarawa State.
The opening game to kickstart the new NNL season will be between Nasarawa United and Zamfara United.
Speaking after inspecting the stadium accompanied by the Chairman of the second tier league Mr. George Aluo; Permanent Secretary, Nasarawa State Sports Ministry, Barrister Isaac Danladi and the State Commissioner of Sports, Ango Jafaru, he noted that he was satisfied with the standard of the pitch expressing hope that the opening game will be highly interesting.
“Nasarawa State is ready to host the opening game and am happy with the facilities at the stadium,” Dr. Akabe said.
‘It’s also a thing of joy that
the stadium got the approval of the NNL board to host the opening game which goes to show that the pitch is of international standard,” he stressed.
Also speaking, the Chairman of NNL Board, George Aluo commended Nasarawa State Government for improved facilities at the Lafia City Stadium noting that his board is ready to kick start the league.
“I’m happy with what I saw at the stadium and I want to announce that we’re on track to kick off the league. All arrangement has been put in place and the NNL board is committed to having a quality championship which every Nigerian will be proud of,” Aluo remarked.
Aluo while wishing all clubs a successful season, advised them to not only adhere to fair play rules but also play according to the stipulated NNL rules and regulations.
Aluo added: “The present board of the NNL is out to organize the best league in recent times and that was why we organised a seminar for all club coaches taking part in the league.
“Clubs should realize that we have zero tolerance for violence and any behavior that will bring the game to disrepute will not be tolerated.
“Our matches will be closely monitored as we will be sending compliant officers across all venues. “We expect the best and a grand opening game as we’re
working hard to raise the standard,” he noted.