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The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and League Management Company (LMC) have upheld the decision to end the 2019/20 Nigeria Professional Football League season.

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and League Management Company (LMC) have upheld the decision to end the 2019/20 Nigeria Professional Football League season.

NFF, LMC Uphold Decision to End NPFL season

The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and League Management Company (LMC) have upheld the decision to end the 2019/20 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season.

Reports emerged on Tuesday that NPFL clubs have voted unanimously to end the season which was suspended in March due to the spread of coronavirus pandemic.

The NFF met with officials of the LMC as well as the 20 clubs in the NPFL in Abuja on Wednesday to take a final decision on the issue.

18 clubs voted for the Points Per Game (PPG) rule to determine the clubs that will represent the country in the CAF Champions League and Confederation Cup.

Enugu Rangers and Akwa United however opposed the rule.

League leaders Plateau United and second-placed Enyimba will play in the CAF Champions League, while Rivers United, who placed third will feature in the CAF Confederation Cup.

Aiteo Cup holders Kano Pillars will join Rivers United in the CAF Confederation.

There will also be no relegation or promotion.

Meanwhile, the vice-chairman of Lobi Stars FC Mike Idoko has denied that he voted in favour of using the PPG to end the season.

In a statement released on Thursday by the club, Idoko reiterated his stand against using the PPG.

“Contrary to media reports making the rounds from the aftermath of the football stakeholders virtual meeting Wednesday 24th June, 2020 to adopt a suitable mechanism to end the NPFL 2019/2020 that I voted for PPG, I hereby unequivocally state that, I had persistently opposed the use of PPG and everybody is aware.

The Executive Vice Chairman of Lobi Stars Mr Mike Idoko was rumored to have voted in favor of PPG as a means to calculate the league standing bringing the total number of clubs in affirmation to 18 in a social media post by Usman Bature.

I said it earlier on Channels TV that, I can only accept PPG on condition that there is equal number of games played by all teams. I repeated same during the virtual meeting.

My suggested options to arrive at equal number of games were:

  1. Revert back to the week no club recorded any outstanding game.
  2. All other clubs should sacrifice week 21-25 and allow the table to be calculated on week 20 as the club with the highest number of outstanding games played 20 games.

Lobi Stars have not and never been against league cancellation or out to disrupt the process to reaching an amicable end but are only seeking utmost fairness.

I call on Lobi Stars fans, the government of Benue State, Board and management of Lobi Stars to disregard the unfounded rumor that I voted for PPG mechanism as a means to ending the league.”

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