Format for Deciding 2019 NPFL Champions Undecided – LMC

The criteria for determining the champions of the 2018/2019 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season is still in shades due to changes in the overall football calendar and time constraint, Chairman of the League Management Company (LMC), Shehu Abdullahi says.

Nigeria’s topflight domestic league experienced a major setback last season due to power tussle in the leadership of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) immediately after a world cup break.

In order to meet up with CAF’s timetable, the NPFL was terminated abruptly after meetings with club heads and football stakeholders in the country. To regain the lost time and avoid a re-occurrence, the abridged version for the 2019 season was proposed and approved with 12 teams battling in two groups respectively.

In many quarters, a Super-Six tournament with the top three team from both groups participating is supposed to determine the League Champions but LMC Boss, Dikko says it is still uncertain what format will be used to declare the winner after all 24 matches in both groups have been played.

“Of course you know we have already marked the time on our table. Basically, because of the changes we have in the calendar and stuffs like that, those kinds of details will have to wait till the end of the season because of the time we have then we can decide what to do,” He said.

According to him, the LMC had only two options which included determining the champion on group basis or via a round robin format.

“Our first option is to have a round robin. Second option is to have the groups but basically I think the round robin will be the best options we can have so that everybody will have a chance to stake a claim for the title.” Dikko stated.