By Uche Dozie 

Sport Writer, kick442.com-Nigeria


In a bid to conclude the league effectively, the League Management Company (LMC), the body in charge of running the affairs of the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) has suggested four plans to choose from to decide the best way to finish the league.

The most feasible of these options is the playoff method that sees six teams that are determined through a Point Per Game process, compete for the title and continental tickets.

Coach of Plateau United who tops the log of the league, Abdu Maikaba and third placed team, Lobi Stars’ coach, Gbenga Ogunbote have stated their reservations about the proposed system by the LMC.

Maikaba prefers the Point Per Game (PPG) system to be used as the one and only determinant.

‘I don’t see a situation where the team with 49 points will be joined with the team on 39 points to play ”playoff’ together.”

”It is not even in the rule, so why not stick to PPG rating and end the league? Why playoff? PPG should be the first option to be considered.” The former Akwa United coach lamented.

For his part, Ogunbote thinks the system is unfair.

“Some teams have already played 25 games while others have played 24 and we have Enyimba who have played just 20 games. The playoff will be very unfair to these teams.” The former league winner said.

From all indications, the league which was put on in March due to the coronavirus pandemic may not end abruptly or be abandoned like some leagues in Africa

The final decision on the league will be made by the LMC and other football stakeholders soon.


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