RESOLUTIONS/OUTCOME OF THE ANAMBRA INDEPENDENT FOOTBALL LEAGUE (AIFL) GENERAL COUNCIL MEETING HELD ON FRIDAY, OCTOBER 8TH 2021 AT THE FIDES COMPLEX OKPUNO
1) The AIFL commended the teams for their preparation towards the commencement of the season 6 football league programme.
2) The Council welcomed in their midst, Dr. Godwin Maduka (a politician and an American Based medical practitioner). Dr. Maduka eulogized the management of the AIFL especially the Chairman, Rev. Fr. Obinna Dike for the job well done so far in promoting football and by extension sports in the state which he said is necessary in keeping the youths busy and harnessing their potentials.
3) Dr. Maduka pledged a sum of One Million Naira to the AIFL which was fulfilled as the Chairman later confirmed the receipt of alert of the said sum during the course of the meeting. The Chairman had hitherto gave Dr. Maduka the rundown of the cost implications for administration of the league.
4) The council reemphasized on wearing of the right Jerseys, football boots, shin guards which all outfield players must adhere strictly to before the commencement of any match for the Season 6.
5) The council frowned at the issue of bad utterances from coaches with the coaches advised to desist from inciting and instigating against the Referee on the pitch during league matches. The issue of time factor was also raised in the meeting as clubs were advised to ensure that punctuality on match day becomes their watchword.
6) AIFL Management called on club owners to invite seasoned Referees within the Referee’s Society where the club is based to lecture players and supporters on the rules guiding football, recent changes in the game as we as Law 12 (misconduct).
7) The General Council commended the Referees for their manner of officiating during the Season 5 but however stated that there is room for improvement ahead and during the course of the Season 6.
8) Proprietor of Mekon FC Umunze, a Northern Ireland based football administrator was present at the meeting, he commended the AIFL for the job done thus far while stating that AIFL is making real impact and rave reviews not just in the state but beyond the shores of the country.
9) Coach Donatus Ezeokafor addressed the council on behalf of the Match Coordinator (who was unavoidably absent) on matters of Rules and Regulations for the forthcoming Season 6.
10) Coach Ezeokafor highlighted critical points such as Registration of maximum of 40 players for the Season 6 by all participating clubs, 90 minutes for each match with 5 substitutions maximum per game.
11) The council resolved that for the new season, four (4) matches will be played on each match day, the first match starting 9am, second match for 11am, third and fourth matches kick-starting at 1pm and 3pm respectively.
12) The previous season’s format of all league matches to be played at one venue on a Friday match day was maintained with approved venues as IGWEBUIKE PRIMARY SCHOOL FIELD UMUNZE, C.K.C FIELD ONITSHA, TANSI INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE FIELD OKPUNO, ROJENNY STADIUM OBA, FC IFEANYI UBAH INTERNATIONAL STADIUM and AWKA TOWNSHIP STADIUM (when construction work is completed), ST. MARY’S HIGH SCHOOL IFITEDUNU, NEROS STADIUM NANKA, PETER UNIVERSITY ONNEH/ACHINA and others being looked at.
13) Proprietor of Mekon FC pledged to host the opening match day of the Season 6.
14) The Council decided that henceforth team officials will don sports kits while coming for their league matches to give the AIFL a more professional touch, it also resolved that officials and players putting on unauthorized sports kits should not be allowed on the bench.
15) The council advised all clubs to ensure the Licences should bear the complete name(s) of their player(s) for official purpose to avoid clash of identification. Also the names filled on the match list should correspond with the names written on the official identification forms submitted to the AIFL board.
16) Every away team to come with two pair of hoses of different colours on match days with defaulters penalized by deduction of three points. Also any player on the pitch with unauthorized wears should be shown a red card by the referee.
17) Proprietor of Mekon FC promised to donate 12 standard customized match balls which will serve as the official match balls for the AIFL Season 6.
18) The council resolved that henceforth any official(s) found wanting in a case of assault of match officials will pay the sum of N10,000 as fine while a player will pay N5,000. Also if in the aftermath of investigation by the panel and the alleged defaulter was found not to be guilty, the money initially paid will be refunded but failure to prove the case beyond reasonable doubt, the money goes to the AIFL account.
19) 11 clubs will feature in the Anambra Independent Football League (AIFL) Season 6. They are: Dosad FA, Enugwu-Ukwu; Peace FC, Awka; Cardinal Arinze FC, Onitsha; Hopeland FC, Nnewi; Mekon FC, Umunze; Ogene FC, Obeledu; Obeledu FC, Obeledu; Rangels FA, Achina; Ozalla FA Onitsha, GP World FA, Nnewi and FC HarkDove, Awka.
20) The AIFL Season 6 will kick off on Friday, 16th October 2021.
21) The AIFL Chairman commended the media team for the job done in the previous season and urged them to keep the flame burning.
Rev. Fr. Obinna Dike
Rev. Fr. Damian Ogwatta, Vice-Chairman, AIFL
Rev. Fr. Christian Umeojilinnaka, Match Coordinator, AIFL
Dr. Ikenna Nwokedi, Secretary, AIFL