NPFL May be Concluded Via Playoffs, Says Dikko

May 25 19:27 2020

By Henry Chijioke

The Chairman of the League Management Company, Mallam Shehu Dikko, has revealed that the Nigeria Professional Football League NPFL may likely be concluded via playoffs to determine the clubs in the top-flight that would represent the country in next season’s CAF inter-club competitions, exclusivenews.com.ng can confirm.

The second Vice President of the Nigerian Football Federation, who was a guest on Channels TV programme, Sports This Morning, made this known while fielding questions on the way forward for the league post COVID-19.

The elite league in the country was put on hold on the 23rd of March 2020, after 25 rounds of matches due to the pandemic and the member of CAF inter-club Committee, itemized four options, amongst which he singled out option number three (3) to be the most likely option to run with.

“End the league as it is, adjust the table based on Points Per Game (PPG) system so as to bring all the teams at par to guarantee sporting merits and fairness.Then LMC organize a Play off (which would be a one venue event for 7-10 days) to determine d Winner and CAF slots.

With the above option, clubs like Enyimba Int’l and Kano Pillars will be better placed for any decision that would see the season ending via playoffs.

However, the other options being considered, according to the LMC Chairman are as follows

“End the league as it is, adjust the table based on PPG system so as to bring all the teams at par to guarantee sporting merits d sporting fairness. Then submit the top ranked teams for CAF competitions. This option is only considered if there is no time for the play offs

“Converge the clubs in a one state venue and play the remaining matches within 3 stadiums that are normally not more than two to three hours apart and conclude the remaining matches within five to six weeks, playing 3 games a week and with all the quarantine and testing requirements.

“to conclude the league as normal on basis of home and away provided time permits, the country reopens completely, the Health issue completely under control and with huge support and approval from Government.

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