The Annual General Assembly meeting, (AGM) of the Nigerian National League, (NNL), has proposed a direct promotion for all eight qualified teams from its four groups to the elite league, Nigerian Premier Football League (NPFL).
Rising from their Annual General Meeting (AGM) held during the weekend in Abuja, the NNL congress also agreed to cancel the 2018 Super 8 competition which was usually the way to determine teams that get promoted to the NPFL.
The congress blamed the crisis that rocked the Nigeria football and said that the decision was taken in the best interest of football.
The proposal is expected to be submitted to the League Management Company (LMC) ahead of a meeting of top stakeholders to discuss the final outcome of the proposal.
The new arrangement if it scales through will have the top finisher and winners in each of the four groups of NNL abridged leagues gaining promotion to NPFL. The eight teams penciled down for promotion are: Gombe United, Kogi United, Kada City, Real Stars, Bendel Insurance, Delta Force, 3SC and Remo Stars.
The Congress also approved the 2018/2019 season to kick off on January 19, 2019 in an abridged format of 4 groups.
Reacting on the development, chairman of Kogi United, Abdul Sule said the achievement of the club is dedicated to Governor Yahaya Bello’s sports loving administration for the outstanding support.
He said the club would work towards making the promotion to the elite division permanent.
“We are still expecting the final ratification by the LMC but I must dedicate this ticket to His Excellency, Governor Yahaya Bello and the sports loving people of Kogi State, this is long overdue for us to be part of elite division.
“We will commence work immediately to ensure that we remain there and not making up the numbers, we also solicit the support from every stakeholders to make the club more great,” he said.