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Avoid violence – NLO charges clubs

Ahead of the Nationwide League One (NLO) division two season that kicks off this weekend across the federation, Mohammed Alkali, chairman of the third- tier league body in Nigeria has charged the clubs to  play by the rules and avoid any form of violence.

Alkali made this known while briefing the media on the expectations of the new season from the division two clubs, adding that the quest for promotion among the clubs will be keenly contested and he expects quality football to be on displayed, but devoid of any act that will bring the game to disrepute.

“Everything is set for the division two season which starts this weekend. I know that all the clubs have prepared very well and they want to excel, but they should remember to always play by the rules,” Alkali said.

“We want all the games to be played in a peaceful environment, no rancor or any form of violence among the clubs in the league.

This is very important and that is the reason it must be emphasized,” he added.

Flashing back to the recently concluded division one season, Allkai said that the league body was highly impressed with the standard of football displayed at the various league venues and he expects same from the division two clubs.

“To a very large extent, the clubs in division one really tried to raise the standard of the game at all the league venues, which NLO deeply appreciated.

“When you consider the fact that division two clubs wants to take a step forward by gaining promotion, I expect quality football from these clubs.

“Nevertheless, the clubs should know that it is not a do or die affair. Winning, losing or drawing games are all part of football, but the most important thing is to play by the rules and maintain the integrity of the game.

“All the clubs that will participate in division two season of the NLO are not ignorant of the rules and regulations set up by the league body to ensure the smooth administration of the game at all the centres.

“Therefore, it is proper for all the clubs to abide by these rules and regulations in order to avoid sanctions,” he concluded.

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Oluchi Tobe-Chukwu

Oluchi Tobe-Chukwu popularly known as tobex is the Vice chairman of Sports writers Association of Nigeria , lagos Chapter. She Is also the Media Spokesperson of the Super Falcons of Nigeria. She is an award winning women's football writer. Tobex is also an ex footballer that was privileged to play in the first NFF organised women's league in 1990 as a player of Hamza Queens. Her last club as an active footballer was Ibom Angels as She paved way to further her education years ago. She is a Federal Government scholar , with a degree in Mass communication, a second degree in Public Relations and Advertising (Communication Studies). She is a Wife and Mother.

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