The regulators of the Nigeria Football Premier League, the League Management Company (LMC) has rejected the Nigeria National League (NNL) Board’s decision to promote eight teams to the country’s elite league.
The eight teams penciled down for promotion include, Gombe Utd, Kogi Utd, Kada City, Real Stars, Bendel Insurance, Delta Force, 3SC and Remo Stars.
It was recalled that the league was terminated with 24 rounds of matches played last season due to the crisis rocking Nigeria Football, and the LMC with the club owners decide to stage the upcoming season in an abridged form with no teams relegated and four teams promoted.
But the Board governing the lower division has failed to produce the four promoted teams instead projecting eight teams.
12 teams will relegate if they stick with 28 teams format while four will gain promotion from the lower league at the end of next season league.
If the LMC and Club Owners have their way with 24 teams. It means only eight clubs will go on relegation with 16 teams remaining. Four teams will join from the NNL to make it 20.
However, in a meeting with the club owners , the LMC has rejected proposal and order them to stage a Super 8 competition to produce the four promoted teams in two weeks.
While the club owners also proposed December 15 as the new date to kick off the 2018/2019 NPFL season.
It will be recalled that the Nigeria National League’s Annual General Meeting Congress had approved the 2018/2019 season to kick off on January 19, 2019, in an abridged format of 4 groups.
Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) chief operating officer, Mallam Salihu Abubakar has hinted that the issue of how many teams to gain promotion from the lower cadre Nigeria National League (NNL) will soon be resolved.
Abubakar insisted that they have no inclination that the second tier has any plan to promote eight teams, because they had already agreed on four coming up from the NNL.
“The original plan was to begin the new season with 24 teams hence the draw in Asaba a week ago.
“However, we believe that the matter will be settled as soon as possible,” Abubakar assured.