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Cold war in NPFL and NNL over promotion of clubs

Francis Achi, Abuja
The decision by the management and club owners of Nigeria National League (NNL) at the end of their 2018 Annual General Assembly (AGA) to promote eight clubs to the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) for 2019 season has created cold war between the league bodies in Nigeria, reports totorinews.com.

It was scooped from the club owners in the Nigeria Professional Football League that they are not favourably disposed to eight clubs from the NNL getting promotion to the elite league and they are vehemently insisting that only four clubs will be accommodated in the NPFL in an abridged league format of 12 clubs in two groups for next season.

The League Management Company (LMC), that manages the Nigeria Professional Football League have been proactive ahead of the new season by rolling out the program for the new season and had also done the draw for the 24 clubs expected to trade tackles when hostilities will begin in the Nigeria Professional Football League.

Speaking to totorinews.com in Abuja on Thursday, Salihu Abubakar, the Chief Operating Officer of the LMC informed that the decision of the NNL to promote eight clubs to the NPFL is a proposal that is subjected to a lot of factors before it can be realised.

“What we have from the NNL is a proposal for eight clubs. It is a proposal that is subjected to a lot of decisions from the NPFL clubs, from the LMC and the NFF. So let’s see what happens along the line.” Abubakar said.

“We did the draws not fixtures. We did the draws for the existing teams that we have in the NPFL which are 20 clubs and because we agreed that we have going to have an abridged league.

Salihu Abubakar, COO of LMC
“We now divided them into two groups , awaiting the four clubs that will join from the NNL. We hope to work out a solution,” he said.

The NPFL club owners had a marathon meeting that stretched into early hours of today without coming to conclusion to accept the decision of the NNL to promote eight clubs to play in the NPFL next season.

The meeting is expected to continue this evening at a popular hotel in Abuja.

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