NFF cancels 2019/2020 NPFL season, reveals new date for next campaign

NFF cancels 2019/2020 NPFL season
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Ernest Sunday

Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) has revealed that the Nigerian Professional Football League 2019/2020 season has been canceled due to the world-threatening coronavirus pandemic.

The cancelation was confirmed via social media channel after a series of meetings by stakeholders of the league such as the Chairmen of the National Football leagues, the Executive Committee of the Nigerian Professional League, and the President of the Nigeria Referees Association.

The conclusion was made and confirmed on Friday, 10 July four months after a long suspension of the Nigerian Football Professional Leagues due to coronavirus. According to the body, the decision was made to ensure the safety of players and that of their fans.

Before the league was suspended, the club that was topping the league table was Plateau United with 49 points in 25 matches. In comparison, Rivers United was the runner up with 43 points then followed by Lobi Stars, who is at the third position with 43, two points below Rivers United.

The NFF also confirmed that the current top three clubs in the table would be the teams that are eligible to represent at the Confederation of African Football (CAF) Champions League. In contrast, there will be no promotion from the lower division and also no relegation from the 2019/2020 NPFL season.

NFF also confirmed that the new season campaign is presumed to last from September/October 2020 to May 2021 with the condition subjected to the full reopening of the country's activities and also approval by the health authorities.

The football body also revealed plans to present the 2019 AITEO Cup champions to CAF for the 2020/2021 CAF Inter-Club competition as Nigeria's club in the Confederation Cup. All the dates for the start of the 2020/2021 season are subjected to Federal Government directives in line with COVID-19 rules.

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