The NPFL and Its Issues
The Nigeria Premier Football Leagues as over the years become a colossal loss to the country. The way the league is handled explains why young Nigerians are not interested in watching their matches. Anyways, the season 2017/2018 ended abruptly once again, here is why?
Due to the crisis in the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF), the Nigerian Professional Football League could not resume at the rescheduled time. Although the crisis has been sorted out, this did not stop the league from suffering as it had to cut short abruptly after just 24 matches.
The League Management Company (LMC) declared Lobi Stars FC as the winner of the 2017/2018 season after meeting with all 20 teams that participated in the competition. This declaration was made so as to meet up with the deadline of CAF for the submission and registration of clubs for the Champions League and Confederation Cup.
Some of the key points from the meeting are:
1. Upon consideration of different options (5 possible options were presented), it was unanimously agreed by the 20 NPFL Clubs, that the 2017/2018 season of the NPFL is concluded and the team at the top of the standings – Lobi Stars shall be the representative in the CAF Champions League for 2019 Session starting Nov 2018 to May 2019.
2. No team shall be relegated from the NPFL for 2018 Season.
3. Four Teams shall be promoted to the NPFL from the Nigeria National League (NNL) from the ongoing 2018 season to compete in the 2018/2019 NPFL season.
4. The 2018/2019 NPFL season will commence in November 2018 with a total of 24 participating teams, which shall be divided into two groups of 12 teams each. The New season will commence in November 2018 and will end in May 2019 with a playoff.
The new season is almost here, I can’t wait to see how this would unfold.