The Nigeria Football Federation has ordered that the League Management Company afford depleted NNL sides that have qualified for the Super 8 tourney two weeks to recruit players ahead of the play-offs.
The Nigeria National League has now been directed to pick dates – not later than January 3 – for the Super 8.
According to the league’s website, the NFF made the decision in reaction to letters from some NNL sides complaining of inadequate players to prosecute the tourney as initially scheduled.
Meanwhile, five of the eight NNL sides qualified for the Super 8, who failed to show up at the Aba venue as directed by the LMC, are to be reported to the relevant NFF committee for appropriate action.
The full NFF’s statement to the LMC reads:
“Following the directive to the eight clubs qualified for the Super 8 Tournament of the Nigeria National League to proceed to Aba for the tournament, we received letters from clubs to the effect that they presently do not have enough players to prosecute the tournament. Apparently, most clubs in the country’s leagues sign a good number of their players for only one season. These personnel appear to have floated to other clubs in search of greener pastures.
“In view of the above, and the contrite tone of their letters, the Emergency Committee has opted to allow the affected clubs two (2) weeks to recruit players to beef up their playing personnel, after which they will then prosecute the Super 8. The NNL should therefore pick new dates not later than 3rd January for the tournament.
“In the meantime, the matter relating to the five (5) affected clubs will be referred to the relevant NFF committee to deal with while the three (3) clubs that showed up in Aba as directed will each be paid compensation of the sum of N2,000,000 (Two Million Naira Only).
“The League Management Company (LMC) is hereby advised to ensure the commence of the NPFL 2018/2019 season, not later that 13th January 2019.”