Kada City FC owner Ekene Adams says the private clubs planning to establish a breakaway league are not interested in playing continental football at the moment.
The top 3 teams from the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL), as well as the Cup winners, represent Nigeria in CAF’s inter-club competitions.
No fewer than 17 private clubs in the country are perfecting plans to form a separate league from the Nigeria Professional Football League, which Adams says is basically about protecting the business interests of the sides.
“Playing in the continent for now is not necessary,” Adams said. “All we just need to do is to put the house in order, to win back the confidence of sports lovers, to get our business protected. I see no big deal if we say we are not playing in the continent.
“This is now the issue we are having in the NPFL. Now, there is an issue of life and death over the Covid-19 (pandemic), but nobody is talking of that. The greedy aspect of it is that people are talking of playing in the continent.
“The continental that you’ll play and you won’t get to the semi-finals. The continental that you’ll play, even if you get the funds, you would not use it judiciously to help the system, you’ll not invest so that people will see.
The former Remo Stars Team Manager added: “So, I think we have a different contrary opinion. For us, let’s just have something different. The private owners should come together and think of how to salvage and protect their investment first, that’s the key thing.”
The proposed Nigeria Private Investors Football League (NPIFL) has reportedly received the backings of billionaire-businessmen Kunle Soname and Ifeanyi Ubah, who own Remo Stars and FC IfeanyiUbah respectively.
A planned take-off meeting in Abuja on Saturday could not hold due to the ban on interstate travel in the country.
Organisers are hopeful the Nigeria Football Federation will give approval to the private league, which could rival the NPFL.