NNL discussing with clubs on need for insurance and medicals, league COO says

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Abuja, Sept. 30, 2020 Emmanuel Adesanya, the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Nigeria National League (NNL), says measures are being taken by the league to facilitate seamless compliance with a new insurance policy.

Adesanya told newsmen a new insurance policy was being fashioned out by the league and an insurance company.

He said the company was expected to come up with a premium each club in the league would deposit at the beginning of the new season.

“We have already circulated information to the clubs for them to see the need for their players to be insured.

“Right now, we are tightening up things with the insurance company so that we can have a report.

“It will enable each club to know the premium to pay and that will enable us to roll out the figures. We are at the stage of fine-tuning it.

“Hopefully, by next week we are going to have a definite amount pegged for clubs in the NNL to deposit as bond before they could participate in the league,” Adesanya, a former head of the unit in charge of African Inter-Clubs and Aiteo Cup Competitions in the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), said.

NAN reports that a similar condition was issued to clubs in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) by the League Management Company (LMC) early in September.

The LMC said the insurance was to guarantee commitment and confirmation of payment of salaries, medical bills and other operational expenses.

Adesanya also emphasised on the need for adequate medical and insurance provisions to be made by clubs before the commencement of the league.

“We can all recall what happened last season during matches involving Nasarawa United and Rangers International. Those were two tales of two different situations.

“In the case of Nasarawa United, a player slumped and died on the pitch, but the aftermath was not well managed in terms of insurance.

“In the case of Rangers, it was so obvious how comprehensive insurance can make a difference when Ifeanyi George died.

“He didn’t even die on the field of play, but because the club had a comprehensive insurance coverage, the insurance company was able to do something for the family after the demise of the player.

“That is the importance of insurance. Insurance and medicals are very important to the league and that is why we are seriously hammering on the need to put them in place,” he said.

NAN reports that sports activities, including the various football leagues, were suspended nationwide in March, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Adesanya also said while all stakeholders wish for a return of sports, the final decision was in the hands of the Federal Government.

“It is our wish for the various leagues to return. All stakeholders, including administrators, players and coaches, as well as the media, are itching for football activities to return.

“We are all eager, but the decision lies in the hands of the government. We hope that football returns to our stadiums as soon as possible,” he said.

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