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The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) debunked media reports that the suspended Nigeria Professional Football League has been cancelled, the sportsbay.com reports.

It was reported that the NPFL 2019/2020 season will be canceled and the Points Per Game (PPG) principle would be adopted to determine Nigeria’s flag bearers in next year’s continental club competitions.

According to the reports, 17 club chairmen in the Nigeria Professional Football League, NPFL, voted for the cancellation of the 2019/20 NPFL season.

According to a statement from the NFF’s General Secretary, Dr Mohammed Sanusi, the NFF is consulting widely to determine the pattern to be adopted to end the season.

“The Nigeria Football Federation has declared that wide consultation is still ongoing as to the format and pattern of foreclosing the 2019/2020 Football Season, including that of the Nigeria Professional Football League, NPFL,” the statement said.

Reacting to widespread reports that a vast majority of club owners in the Nigeria Professional Football League had voted to end the season and therefore, the Points Per Game (PPG) principle would be adopted to determine Nigeria’s flagbearers in next year’s continental club competitions, NFF General Secretary, Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, said that everyone should wait until after the ongoing consultations.

It will be recalled that17 of the 20 teams opted to stop the league, two abstained and a third chose the second option with some amendments.

Akwa United and Lobi Stars abstained from the voting process, while Enugu Rangers voted for the second option of playoffs.

The NPFL was suspended in March due to the spread of coronavirus pandemic.

Meanwhile, the supervising ministry has held a virtual meeting with the leadership of the NFF over the NPFL 2019/2020 season and other pertinent matters.

According to an aide of the sports minister said “a decision has not been taken and the NFF is to meet with club owners and other critical stakeholders for consultations and revert to Minister. He would then take the options back to the Federal Government before a final decision is taken.”

In the same vein, Sunday Dare on his twitter handle said, “A final decision will be reached shortly in the interest of all stakeholders, football development and health and safety.”

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