Another milestone will be achieved in third tier of football leagues in Nigeria as the Nationwide League One (NLO) is set to unveil the title sponsors of the league.
The event is slated for Wednesday at Top Rank Hotel, in Opebi, Ikeja, the capital of Lagos State.
The chairman of the league body, Mohammed Alkali described forthcoming occasion as a new dawn in the development of the game at the grass root level. He hoped that the noble partnership will bring more benefits to the players, stakeholders in the league and even the fans.
“We are glad that we will be unveiling the title sponsors of the Nationwide League and this will pave way for a new development of the round leather game at the cradle of football in Nigeria,” he said.
He added that “the Nationwide League has been in discussion with Pipul TV, an indigenous Pay TV company in Nigeria and we will be unveiling the sponsorship package to football loving Nigerians this Wednesday”
In a related development, Shola Ogunnowo, the Chief Operating Officer of the league, said that the Nationwide League will improve on the quality and the organisation of the league, as he praised some of its clubs that played the finals of their respective states F.A. Cup.
He particularly singled out the efforts of Spartans FC of Agege, a Nationwide League club that played the final of Lagos State F.A. Cup on Sunday against MFM, losing 3-1 to the premier league side.
“We hope to improve the organisation of the league and the quality of the football. The NLO clubs have actually done well and some of the clubs even played the final of their States F.A. Cup like Spartans FC that lost the F.A. Cup final in Lagos to MFM FC.
“The team lost 3-1, but we are very happy with the progress of Spartans FC and other NLO clubs in the Federation,” Ogunnowo said.
Meanwhile, the local rivalry between MFM FC and Spartans FC will continue on Wednesday evening when the Feeder team of MFM FC file out against Spartans FC at the Agege Township Stadium, a game that promises to be a thrilling encounter as the battle of supremacy between the two Agege based teams goes to the Nationwide League arena in the star match of the Week One of the 2016/17 season.