Nigeria Football Federation insists Super 8 must go ahead

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The Emergency Committee of the NFF, chaired by the President of NFF, Mr. Amaju Melvin Pinnick, has said that it had directed the go-ahead of the Super 8 Tournament of the Nigeria National League to produce four teams to be promoted to the Nigeria Professional Football League for the 2018/2019 Season.

This is, as enshrined in the NNL 2018 Rule Book and in line with the propositions of the expanded meeting of chieftains of the NFF, the LMC, the NPFL Clubs, the NNL and NNL Clubs, that the NNL should stage its statutory Super 8 to produce the four teams for NPFL.

The Emergency Committee said it took the decision after careful consideration of the relevant rules and regulations, contemporary best practice and what is obtainable and defensible in the international sphere.

Members commended the NFF President for the tremendous efforts he made to meet with the NNL leadership, the eight NNL Clubs qualified to participate in the Super 8 as well as the proprietors of the Clubs with a view to explaining to them the need to stage the tournament.

“I am imploring the various Club Owners and other investors, promoters and facilitators, as well as the administrators of the two Leagues, to see the current situation as a consequence of the special circumstances that we found ourselves and consider the best interest of Nigerian Football.

“Nobody foresaw these special circumstances. Yet, it is only by obeying the rules and regulations, and being guided by global best practice that we can move forward. Nigerian Football is operating within the international football community, and not an oasis in any desert.

The NFF Emergency Committee endorses the resolution of the expanded meeting that the best eight teams in the NNL should contest the Super 8 Tournament, from which the best four teams will be promoted to the Nigeria Professional Football League for the 2018/2019 Season.”

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