NNL cancels season as clubs vote for no relegation, promotion

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Clubs in the Nigeria National League, NNL, have voted for the cancellation of the 2019/2020 football season.

The decision which was taken via voting this afternoon had 13 clubs in the NNL voting against plans of some Club Owners to push for the promotion of the four top teams in each of the groups to the Nigeria Professional Football League, NPFL, using the Points Per Game format.

The NNL club owners who met on Monday to present the proposal that would have seen the likes of 3SC of Ibadan, Crown FC of Ogbomosho, Kada City of Kaduna and Niger Tornadoes of Minna been promoted to the NPFL, met a brick on Tuesday as majority of clubs voted against the proposal.

In the expanded virtual meeting which started at 12 noon on Tuesday to finally ratify the agenda of promoting clubs to the elite division of the league, saw 13 clubs voting against the agenda, and insisting that no team should be promoted or relegated, while 12 teams voted in favour of the promotion of teams.

Four clubs had their votes cancelled for voting late against the stipulated time, though sources at the meeting said they voted in favour of no promotion, no relegation.

Teams that voted against the promotion to the elite division are ABS of Ilorin, Delta United, Zamfara United, Giant Brillers, Gombe United, Sokoto United, J. Atete, Calabar, Elkanemi Warriors, Malumfasi, DMD, Kebbi United, and Dynamites FC.

Those that voted for the promotion of teams using the PPG are 3SC, Bendel Insurance, Crown FC, Nilayo FC, Kada City FC, Remo Stars, Ekiti United, Niger Tornadoes, Joy Cometh, Vandrezzer, EFCC, and Gateway FC.

Four teams, Abia Comets, Oyah FC, Yobe Desert Stars, though voted against promotion of teams, had their votes cancelled for voting late, while Kogi United abstained from the voting process.

With the outcome of the voting process, it is very evident that majority of the clubs are against any move to agitate for promotion of teams to the NPFL with teams playing only 5, 4 and 3 matches in the 2019/2020 League season.


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