Abuja – The Nigerian women professional football league for season 2010/2011 will begin on Saturday, Feb. 12, an official said on Sunday in Abuja.

The Head of the Women Football Unit of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Mr Danlami Alanana, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the competition would begin with week two matches.

NAN reports that the women league competition has two groups of 10 clubs each, leading to five matches every weekend in each group.

“Initially, this season’s competition was to have commenced on Saturday, Feb. 5, but due to some problems related to logistics, we have moved the commencement date to Feb. 12.

“Following this change in date and as a way of not distorting the dates in the fixtures we earlier prepared, week one matches have been kept on hold for a new date,” Alanana said.

The NFA official, however, disclosed that the association’s Women Football Unit would in due course fix another date for the shifted week one matches.

“As soon as time permits, we will fix a new date for the week one matches,” he said.

According to him, the competition will go on mid-season break after week nine matches on March 23, and will resume for second round matches on April 6 with week 10 matches.

The comprtition will, however, go on a FIFA Women’s World Cup break after week 13 matches on April 23 because of of the mundial’s finals holding from June 26 to July 17, he said.

He further said that the Nigerian league competition wouldl resume on July 23 with week 14 matches, and end with week 18 matches on Aug. 14.

NAN reports that the league’s kick-off had been put on hold since December 2010 after the participating clubs refused to co-operate with the NFF on arrangements for the competition.

They had complained about the association’s decision to give voting rights in the election of Nigeria Women Football League (NWFL) board members to state Football Association (FA) officials.

The NFF later yielded to their demand, leading to the Jan. 29 election in Abuja with the club owners and representatives possessing the voting rights. (NAN)

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