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Nigeria Football Federation Retriates NWFL Stance; Declares NWFL Club Owners Unknown

The Secretariat of the Nigeria Women Football League, from its base at the NFF Glass, Abuja, Monday declared the NWFL Club Owners Association an illegal body, as it is not a statutory recognised body by the Statutes governing the game after a letter to the NWFL by the Nigeria Football Federation.

In a letter dated 29th of July 2022, from the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), the Nigeria Football Federation stated that the NWFL Club Owners is not an affiliate of the NFF, and thus the Football Federation won’t recognize it.

For the avoidance of doubt, the NFF listed the following specific issues contained in the release.

  1. The Women League Club Owners is not an affiliate of the Nigeria Football Federation and thus not recognized by its statutes.
  2. The NFF, therefore shall not in any way be involved or associated with the elections and other activities of the Club Owners.

Conveying the NFF message to the NWFL Clubs, the Chief Operating Officer of the Nigeria Women Football League, Modupe Shabi, disclosed that, the Club Owners was earlier accepted as a valuable link between the NWFL Secretariat and the clubs.

The letter continued: “I am directed by the Chairperson of the Nigeria Women Football League in response to the letter dated 22nd July 2022, purportedly from the Club Owners Association of the Nigeria Women Football League, NWFL, Informed the NWFL Secretariat of election into offices of it’s Executive Council. In light of the possible abuses of the relationship, the NWFL wishes to inform all the clubs.

“While the Club Owners Association is not a statutorily recognised body, by the Statutes governing the game, it was a valuable link between the NWFL and the clubs.

“In the light of the possible abuses of the relationship, the NWFL wishes to inform the clubs of the cessation of any dealings with the Club Owners Association with immediate effect.

“The NWFL Secretariat will henceforth deal with the clubs directly. Please ignore any correspondence from any individuals, groups, or bodies claiming to act on behalf of the clubs in your dealings with the NWFL.

“This position has become necessary following developments that could be inimical to sustaining the gains of the women’s game.”

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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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