17 club chairmen want End to NPFL

…No promotion or relegation as NNL kicks

Club Chairmen of 17  Professional {NPFL} League sides out of 20, have again made suggestion to the leadership of the league body, the NFF and the Sports Ministry that the 2019/2020 season should be wind down for a number of reasons.

They also suggested that the Point Per Game (PPG) method should be used to judge the top teams who will subsequently represent Nigeria in CAF continental championships.

The other three clubs not among the 17 are kicking because they fear they may lose out of continental soccer action if the PPG method is adopted.

Among the reasons clubs like Rivers United, Kano Pillars, Plateau United among others are angling for the close of the season is the current CoronaVirus pandemic, which makes competitive football action impossible for health reasons.

Their leader, Isaac Danladi has also said the clubsides have become broke and want a situation whereby they send players home instead of keeping them in camp inactive. The clubs still pay the players despite inactivity and they reason that it’s now unbearable.

The club Chairmen also suggested that there should be no relegation or promotion of clubs in the Nigerian top flight. That resolution may cause some rumblings as some clubs in the Nigerian second tier like 3SC of Ibadan, said they cannot be dictated to by NPFL.

They argued that Nigeria National League (NNL), is independent of the NPFL on promotion and relegation matters. Some clubs topping their various groups in the NNL like the Ibadan side believe they should be promoted if the league is ended.

The back and forth in the matter has already attracted the attention of the Sports Minister, Sunday Dare, who wants an amicable resolution of the matter that will be acceptable to all stakeholders.

It  is expected that all interested parties will meet with relevant bodies including the Sports Ministry to iron out the issue.

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17 club chairmen want End to NPFL

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