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The Nigeria National League has unveiled plans for the new season as the CEO of the league Bukola Olopade confirmed that Giwa FC will not be part of this season.

Olopade, who in a general press conference conducted on Nigeria sports mouthpiece, confirmed that Giwa FC, which is owned by Chris Giwa who was given a worldwide ban by FIFA, said the club will not be part of the league this season despite the team featuring on the NNL fixtures.

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Bukola Olopade, CEO, NNL

Olopade revealed that after due consultation with the Nigeria Football Federation, the NNL got a letter from  the NFF restraining it from including Giwa FC who’s proprietor has a pending court case with the football house in Nigeria.

He further unraveled various plans by the league body to rebrand the league this year, starting from an expected sponsorship deal with Bet9ja, where he confirmed talks are at advanced stage to name the league after it.

The former sports commissioner in Ogun state also affirmed that welfare of referees and officials is a paramount responsibility to the body as they hope to get the best from referees by taking good care of them to avoid any discrepancy.

Olopade also revealed that the NNL will soon be signing a mega deal with a sports wear company in Italy which will further boost the capacity of the league.

The NNL is already in its week 2, and so far, there has been no case of reported violence or any issues from the second tier League in Nigeria.

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