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Clubs revolt as NFF fail to resolve NNL Super 8 crisis

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The Nigeria National League (NNL) Super 8 tournament is set for a scandalous showdown after only two teams out of the original eight have so far turned up at the Enyimba Stadium in Aba, where the tournament is scheduled to hold.

The Super 8 is meant to select the four teams that will be promoted to the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) for the 2018/2019 season.

The league board had earlier decided that it will promote 8 teams to the NPFL for next season, citing reasons that it would not also want to relegate any team since the top-tier league had done the same.

However, after the ‘intervention’ by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and the League Management Company (LMC), the NNL decided go ahead with the tournament.

Some of the eight clubs have turned rebellious by deciding to no longer honour the invitation, with Remo Stars FC leading the charge.

Despite the tournament already scheduled to begin today, none of the NFF, NNL, or LMC officials are at the venue, showing that the tournament will not hold today.

Meanwhile Gombe United and Real Stars FC, who are among the teams scheduled to play in the tournament have played a friendly game each with Enyimba FC, with both matches ending 2-1 in favour of the People’s Elephant.

The other clubs scheduled for the tournament are Kogi Utd, Kada City, Bendel Insurance, Delta Force, 3SC and Remo Stars.

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