By Alexander Johnson Adejoh
The sixth season of Anambra Independent Football League (AIFL) and grassroots football league will commence October 8, the AIFL board said.
The board announced the date in a communiqué issued after its general council meeting held at Fides Media Complex, Nodu Okpuno, Awka, Anambra State last Friday, September 10.
The League also welcomed three new entrants including Peace FC Awka, FC Harkdove Awka and Hopeland FC Nnewi into its fold.
The communiqué was signed by Rev. Fr. Obinna Dike, Chairman; Rev. Fr. Damian Ogwatta, Vice Chairman; Rev. Fr. Christian Umeojilinnaka, Match Coordinator and Ikenna Nwokedi, the newly elected Secretary of AIFL.
The AIFL said the league would feature 14 clubs in the coming season against the previous 10-team league format.
The AIFL also set Thursday September 30, as deadline for all participating clubs to complete their registration formalities, while welcoming new entrants Peace FC Awka, FC Harkdove Awka and Hopeland FC Nnewi into its fold.
‘The AIFL Season 6 will kick off on Oct. 8, and owing to interest shown by some clubs in the state, the council unanimously agreed to admit two more clubs for the new Season making it a total of 14 clubs.
‘Teams are to register not more than 40 players for a season and should travel for their league matches with at least two sets of jerseys on match days,’ the statement read in parts.
The AIFL urged clubs management and match officials to ensure their players appear well kitted for games warning that violators risked disqualification from matches.
‘Instigation of fans and players by any team official during match days to cause civil disorder and abuse of the match officials will attract a fine of one point deduction from the accumulated points for the team involved.
‘In view of the approaching Season the council call on all stakeholders to ensure they abide by the rules of the game before, during and after the season,’ it stated.
Fides recalls that AIFL is a grassroots football league in Anambra organised and managed by private football technocrats under the chairmanship of Rev. Fr Coach Obinna Dike of the Catholic Diocese of Awka.