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Why Nigerian football needs responsible communication between stakeholders to flourish

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Monday, 24 January 2022 By Osondu C. Nwokoro, Chukwuebuka Kenneth Eze

This article explores the need for better and more responsible communication between football clubs and officials of the Nigeria National League (NNL) as an important prerequisite to protecting the image and integrity of the game.

The theme arises from two recent cases involving clubs in the NNL second-tier league, whose reactions to disciplinary decisions risked bringing the game into disrepute. Last year, Vandrezzer FC and Bendel Insurance FC both published statements that were widely disseminated on social media expressing their displeasure with decisions of the NNL on disputes arising from their league fixtures with Go Round Football Club and Remo Stars respectively.[1]

This article examines the cases, then makes recommendations that the authors believe would help engender more trust, cooperation and mutual respect between NNL stakeholders with a view to protecting the image of the game in Nigeria.

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Osondu C. Nwokoro

Osondu C. Nwokoro

Osondu C. Nwokoro is the Managing Counsel of Greenfields Law which specializes in Sports Law, Information Communications Technology (ICT) Law, Policy and Regulation, Real Estate, Business Recovery and Dispute Resolution.

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Chukwuebuka Kenneth Eze

Chukwuebuka Kenneth Eze

Chukwuebuka Kenneth Eze is a senior associate at Greenfields Law, a Nigerian full-service law firm dedicated to practice areas such as sports law, information communications technology (ICT) law, real estate, corporate and regulatory compliance, business and debt recovery, public policy and governance, and dispute resolution.

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Comments (1)

  • Chiemeka Nwosu

    • 24 January 2022 at 18:00
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    A fresh take and a beautiful read. Although I want to say that I feel for the clubs, having been in the mix and seen firsthand how lax the NNL can be, this disrepute provision is an important provision of note for the success of the league. It’s a professional affair and should be treated as such.

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