Rivers United have rejected the final standing of the 2019/20 Nigeria Professional Football League, NPFL season as released by the League Management Company, yesterday, August 7, 2020.
The LMC released the final table for the cancelled season using the Points Per Game, PPG, and Weighted Points Per Game, WPPG, which placed Enyimba in second place ahead of Rivers United.
In a statement signed by the General Manager of Rivers United, Sir Okey Kpalukwu, the club said it is “totally strange/inconclusive head-to-head consideration affected by same force majuere was used to place Enyimba in the second position.”
The statement continues: “According to the purported table, while Rivers United and Enyimba were tied on same number of points, a totally strange/ inconclusive head-to-head consideration affected by same force majuere was used to place Enyimba in the second position.
“Nothing can be further from the truth; as such consideration can only exist in the imagination of those peddling the fake table.
“For emphasis and to inform discerning members of the public, what is internationally known and even in the rule books of League Management Company (LMC) of Nigeria is that points are the first basis of separating teams, followed by goal difference before head to head.
“The Points Per Game (PPG) model adopted by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and LMC is a straight forward co-efficient of dividing the total number of points with the total number of matches played as when the league was suspended in order to guarantee fairness to club that played less number of matches. With the application of PPG, all teams are now measured equally erasing the scenario of whether or not any club played higher number of matches than the other.
“It also follows therefore that in separating the tie by goal difference, is to divide number of goals scored by number of matches played to arrive at a coefficient.
“Based on the above, it is obvious that Rivers United is the second-placed team and no amount of false narratives will deceive those who should know.
“We have already made our position known to the NFF and LMC and, we expect that justice will be served without fear or favour.
“On a final note, we may be compelled to explore all legitimate means available, including formal petitions to FIFA, CAF, and CAS to ventilate our grievances and press for justice.”
If Rivers United succeeds in their appeal against the decision of the LMC, the club will represent Nigeria in next season’s CAF Champions League alongside Plateau United, while Enyimba and Kano Pillars will play in the CAF Confederations Cup.
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