By Oluwole Francis
Nigeria National League NNL has reeled out strong medical dictates in an effort to ensure that lives of players and officials are adequately protected on and off the pitch during the forthcoming 2020/2021 season.
According to NNL Chief Operating Officer Mr. Emmanuel Adesanya this becomes imperative considering recent incidences of death recorded on the field of play and prevailing Covid-19 global pandemic.
“The Medical conditions are very clear on the rule books governing Association Football, it is a crusade that will ensure adequate medical facilities are provided at all times by Clubs in our League” he said.
Mr. Adesanya reiterated the provisions of the NNL rule book on the need for every club to have medical professionals which should comprise Doctor, Nurse, Physiotherapist and a masseur for their matches.
The clubs are expected to carry out medical examinations on all contract players and coaches and have medical records of which shall be made available for inspection by authorized representatives of the League body.
Adesanya said the clubs must also present certificate of medical fitness of all players and coaching cabinet, such certificate must be endorsed by a doctor with his contact details from a reputable and designated government owned medical Centre in their state
The clubs according to NNL should provide First Aid medical services at every match venue, with their State Football Associations providing stretchers and Ambulances well equipped with basic medical gadgets.