The League Management Company (LMC), organisers of Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) on Friday night finally released the much demanded classification table for the just ended 2019/20 league season, reports www.aclsports.com
The Club Owners, a body of the representatives of all twenty clubs in the top flight had voted to end the league with the novel Points Per Game (PPG) model in June, a decision ratified by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) last month.
However, with Enyimba and Rivers United locked on the same points after the PPG classification, there has been a seeming back and forth in the media on the basis for separating both sides; hence awaiting a final table from the league body.
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According to the table published on the league’s official website (www.npfl.ng) on Friday night, former league champions Enyimba finished second on both the PPG and Weighted Points Per Game (WPPG) tables behind first placed Plateau United while Rivers United finished third.
With the development, Enyimba will join Plateau United as Nigeria’s representatives in next season’s CAF Champions League while Rivers United will join Kano Pillars (2019 Aiteo Cup winners) in the Confederation Cup.
While the final classification was being awaited, Port Harcourt based Rivers United and their associates had threatened to contest any decision that sees them finish in third. It remains to be seen how they will react to this.
In a related development, the LMC on Thursday wrote to the twenty clubs that will participate in next season’s elite division on the need to perfect Club Licensing requirements ahead of the new season.
The circular also included a proposal to the teams for the next season to commence by the ending of September or October. Much emphasis was laid on the four continental representatives to strive to meet up to the Confederation of African Football (CAF)’s Licensing requirements.