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NLO Congress Gives Green Light to 10-Year Masterplan, Sets Kickoff Date for April 2024



The National League One (NLO) Congress has officially approved a comprehensive 10-year masterplan, signaling a significant milestone for Nigerian football. The plan outlines a strategic vision for the development and growth of the league over the next decade.

With the approval in place, the NLO Congress has also announced that the kickoff date for implementing the masterplan will be in April 2024. This eagerly anticipated start date marks the beginning of an exciting journey towards transforming and elevating the Nigerian football landscape.

The NLO Congress’s decision reflects their commitment to driving positive change and creating a sustainable future for football in Nigeria. With the masterplan now in motion, stakeholders and football enthusiasts can look forward to witnessing the evolution and progress of the NLO as it continues to shape the future of Nigerian football.

It said the kick off date was chosen “to give the clubs ample time and opportunity to recruit more talented players, knowing that most of their players might have been transferred during the professional league transfer window in January. The registration starts on December 9, 2023 and closes on March 1, 2024.”

The communique also revealed that it has adopted a stadium league format the ensures matches are played in television friendly stadiums across the country.

It added: “The NLO secretariat will determine the venues based on previously approved venues for professional league matches by NFF.

“The congress approved increment of registration fee due to the economic situation in the world from N200, 000 to N300, 000 (this includes affiliation to the NLO). The registration procedure in NLO has been adjudged to be more secured and tamper proof. That any club that does not pay or complete its registration will be sanctioned according to the rules and regulations of the NLO.”

The NLO said the registration for the season encompasses the pre-competition medical assessment and insurance of players and officials.

The National League One (NLO) has recently addressed a critical issue regarding clubs failing to pay their yearly registration fees, resulting in operational challenges for the league’s secretariat. In a stern warning, the NLO emphasized that any club neglecting to fulfill their registration fees would be ineligible to participate in the league.

During a recent congress, the NLO unveiled an array of innovative initiatives, aiming to revolutionize the league and enhance the development of Nigerian football. One notable addition is the introduction of the U-19 Youth League, which mandates clubs to focus on recruiting more 15 and 16-year-old players starting from the 2024 season.

The NLO firmly believes that this new youth league will have a profound impact on the league’s growth and contribute to the overall development of football in the nation. By encouraging clubs to look inward and invest in young talent, the NLO aims to nurture a pool of skilled players who can represent Nigeria at various levels and potentially even on the international stage.

In light of this development, the NLO has outlined the updated registration requirements for the youth league, effective from the 2024 season. Clubs will need to provide the National Identification Number (NIN) and primary school certificate as part of the registration documentation.

By utilizing the NIN and primary school certificate, the NLO aims to ensure accurate player identification and create a transparent system that safeguards the integrity of the league. This innovative approach aligns with the league’s commitment to nurturing young talent and fostering a structured and organized football ecosystem.

The NLO’s call for clubs to promptly settle their registration fees and the introduction of the U-19 Youth League have generated significant buzz within the football community, as stakeholders recognize the positive impact these measures will have on the league’s progress.

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NNL 23: Coach Ejeh Pleased At Abia Comets Stretching Unbeaten Record To 5 Games



Former Abia Warriors FC Coach, Ejeh Kelvin, and his Abia Comets side stretched its unbeaten streak in the National League One as he thinkered the team to pick a point on the road following Abia Comets 1-1 draw against Calabar Rovers in the current NNL season.

Ejeh and his Warriros were resolute in ending the first round of the season on a high as they await a date against Calabar Rovers hoping to upset the Calabar based side before their home fans.

In its post match interview, the top ranking gaffer expressed his delight seeing his team cop another point on the road.

“It was absolutely amazing. It would have been a football crime if we didn’t score a goal in that period. We scored and it was an important goal for our confidence but unfortunately gave up the lead at the 90th minute”

“What pleased me most was the way we started the game. I told the players we don’t need to score in the first minute — it’s difficult to score in the first minute and is something out of our control. But, to start playing good football in the first minute, is possible. It’s our responsibility and we have to do that, and we did that,”

“We had an opportunity to seal off the game after the first goal but my striker was slow to play the ball pass the goalkeeper “

“It’s very difficult to see such numbers of unbeaten run in the NNL but our team work and dedication made it possible” Ejeh concluded”

Inconsistent Calabar Rovers were faced with another Litmus test in their quest of bouncing back to winning haven been drawn to face high flying Abia Comets side at home on Matchday 10.

Cruising on a four match unbeaten streak, Abia Comets exhumed confidence entering its Matchday 10 fixture against Calabar Rovers as they eye to compound the Calabar based side woes and to stretch its unbeaten run.

The fixture lived up to its billing in the first half as the two sides huffed and puffed at another in their quest to break the deadlock all to no avail as the two team’s defended stoutly to ensure level scoreline at half time break.

On return for the second half, Abia Comets who had been the better side in all ramifications came through with much sorted goal at the 83rd minute.

Thinking it was ‘Uhru’ Rovers piled up pressure to earn a spot kick at the 90th minute which was beautifully converted to ensure a share of spoils at full time

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Blessed Stars FC to lock horns with Dakkada FC



Ladan Bosso

Blessed Stars Football Academy is set to play against Dakkada Football Club during the U-20 Nigeria National Team scouting holding in Uyo.

Akwa Ibom based football academy Blessed Stars Football Academy is set to play against Akwa Ibom-based government club playing in the Nigeria National League, Dakkada Football Club. Blessed Stars Football Academy who recently acquired a slot to play in the Nigeria Nationwide League One (NLO1) will be playing with Dakkada Football Club.

According to the organizers of the scouting tournament, exclusively confirmed that the head coach of the Nigeria U20- National team will be live in Uyo at the Uyo Township stadium from the 24th of January 2024 to conduct a screening exercise in other to invite players to the Nigeria U-20 National team.

It can be recalled that in 2022 Ladan Bosso was in Uyo where he scouted the sensational Daga Daniels who currently plays for Enyimba Football Club. The sensation midfielder had caught the attention of top clubs in Europe including Watford FC, Mancity, C.D. Feirense and some other tops clubs.

Blessed Stars in the past is recognized in Akwa Ibom State as a club known to produce players who have played the U-17 and U-20 national team respectively.

The match is expected to be the star match of the day.

According to organizers the program is scheduled to start on Wednesday 24th January 2024 with Blessed Stars and Dakkada FC playing the first game.

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Blessed Stars Football Academy Concludes Screening for the 2023/2024 NLO Season




Blessed Stars ends screening for ongoing 2023/2024 Nigeria Nationwide One season.

In an exciting development for football enthusiasts, the Blessed Stars Football Academy has successfully concluded its rigorous screening process for the upcoming 2023/2024 NLO (National League One) season. With a reputation for nurturing talent and a commitment to excellence, the academy left no stone unturned in their search for the brightest young football stars who will represent them on the national stage.

The Screening Process: The screening process, which spanned several weeks, was an intense and thrilling journey for both the academy and the aspiring young footballers. Held at the academy’s state-of-the-art facilities, the screening sessions were a showcase of skill, determination, and passion for the beautiful game. Talented players from various backgrounds came together, vying for the opportunity to shine on the NLO stage.

Dedicated Coaches and Scouts: The success of the screening process can be attributed to the efforts of the academy’s dedicated coaches and scouts. These experienced professionals meticulously evaluated each player, assessing their technical skills, tactical understanding, physical abilities, and overall potential. With an eye for talent and a commitment to nurturing young athletes, they identified the cream of the crop who would represent the academy in the upcoming NLO season.

Unveiling the Future Stars: The Blessed Stars Football Academy is thrilled to unveil the talented individuals who have been selected to join their ranks for the 2023/2024 NLO season. These young footballers have demonstrated exceptional skills, determination, and a deep passion for the game. They will now have the opportunity to train under the guidance of the academy’s renowned coaching staff, refining their abilities and preparing themselves for the challenges that lie ahead.

Preparing for Success: With the screening process concluded, the Blessed Stars Football Academy is leaving no stone unturned in preparing their newly selected squad for the upcoming NLO season. The players will undergo intense training sessions, focusing on technical development, tactical understanding, physical fitness, and mental resilience. The coaching staff will work tirelessly to mold these young talents into a cohesive team that can compete at the highest level.

Beyond Football: The Blessed Stars Football Academy prides itself on not only developing exceptional football players but also nurturing well-rounded individuals. Alongside their rigorous training, the players will also receive guidance in character development, teamwork, leadership, and sportsmanship. The academy aims to instill values that go beyond the football field, ensuring that these young athletes become responsible and impactful members of society.

Community Support and Engagement: The academy recognizes the importance of community support and engagement. They are committed to involving the local community in their journey and fostering a sense of pride and unity. Through grassroots initiatives, outreach programs, and partnerships, the Blessed Stars Football Academy aims to inspire young football enthusiasts, promote inclusivity, and give back to society.

A Promising Season Ahead: As the Blessed Stars Football Academy concludes its screening process for the 2023/2024 NLO season, anticipation and excitement fill the air. With a talented and dedicated squad now in place, the academy is poised to make a significant impact in the league. The players’ skills, combined with their character and determination, will undoubtedly contribute to a promising season ahead.

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