The Nigeria professional football league (NPFL) is supposed to serve as a veritable platform and supply hub where talents are discovered and called to play for the U- 20, U- 23 and men’s senior foot ball team, but, the quality of the league and the talents that makes up the league has left little to be desires of Though, the League Management Company under the leadership of Malam Sheu Dikko has been trying his bid to organize and make the league an attractive preposition, the decision of ending the NPFL abruptly I week 24 in order to meet CAF deadline on names of continental flag bearers, is absolutely appealing and unacceptable.
Well, the schedule of league fixture as planned and rolled out by PMC before the commencement of the league campaign was to be a 38 match schedule played by each of the 20 teams in the NPFL Though, there are reports that the LMC decided to end the league after due consultation with club owners, and this therefore means that Lobi Stars Football Club of Makurdi were “appointed” as the league winners, while Akwa United Football club of Uyo were the league’s runners up.
By this sudden decision and arrangement, lobi stars have been handed the ticket to fly the country’s flag at the CAF Champions’ league, while Akwa United are billed to compete at the confederations’ cup after a not too impressive performance last tame out.
Well, I have a lot reservation and ill feelings regarding this decision which I think will obviously have a cataclysmic effect considering our shambolic performances in CAF Club Competitions in recent years.
More so, the decision of the LMC to have the league championship emerged through the back door is holistic, and whether lobi stars unworthy of champions of the NPFL would prove doubters wrong and go on to put a credible and acceptable performance in the CAF Champions league is a subject of discourse.
Interestingly, the barrage of criticisms that has trailed the MC’S decision to end the league abruptly is unprecedented. The LMC have equally informed fans and stake holders of the imminent. Sanction and consequence if it’s failed to file Nigeria Club sides for continental engagement of course, the penalty is a lengthy ban and fine on Nigeria – which may equally be extended to national teams.
I could go on and on to highlights and elaborate on the damaging effect of this decision, but, the LMC should therefore schedule a time frame where NPFL league fixtures will run and end league as at when due in order make room for prompt registration of players by continental flag bearers.
Let it be known to the LMC that Nigeria is a big footballing nation – and it is utterly disgusting t end the league this way. Well. We should show some support and solidarity to the LMC with over this infamous decision with the view that this ugly incidence will not repeat itself again.
And on the other, the continental flag bearers in for the CAF Champions league and confederations’ cup / lobi stars and Akwa United) are therefore charged to do the country proved by recruiting tested and trusted legs for their CAF Continental Campaign – and we do hope that the decision of the LMC to end the NPFL abruptly, and the hand them the ticket and mandate to represent the country in CAF Club Completions, will not be regretted.