The media officer of the Nigeria National League (NNL) Amar Ignis has revealed the outcome of the meeting between Nigeria National League Club Owners and Managers Association (NALCOMA) and NNL today.

Majority of the NNL teams has voted against promotion to the Nigeria top flight division.

The decision on how to end the present 2019/2020 season was pending and these among other issues were iron out during the virtual meeting.

Top of the agenda was the no promotion from the NNL to the top flight and no relegation from the NNL to National League Division One (NLO) recommendation.

According to Amar, 13 teams voted for no promotion/no relegation, while 12 teams voted for promotion. Amar sympathised with teams that were looking to get promotion to the top flight.


“It is quite unfortunate the league has to end like this. I pity clubs like 3SC, Crown FC, Kada City and Niger Tornadoes.They have done so well this season leading other teams before the break-in December after matchday five. They were teams expecting promotion but unfortunately, the pandemic has taken its toll on us.”

The need to restructure the NNL administratively as soon as possible so that it will appear more professional was also discussed alongside the issue of sponsorship.

The league lost its previous sponsorship deal and presently lacks the fund to run the league.

Whatever fund that comes from FIFA and CAF to be used for football development, the second division should also have their share, the organizers said.

Every decision agreed on today will be forwarded to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) for a final approval.

THE COMMUNIQUE IN FULL

Communique of the virtual meeting of the NNL Club Owners Association held on Friday 26th and Monday 29th June, 2020.   

The meeting which started at exactly 5PM on both occasions has 18 and 24 Clubs in attendance with five Clubs absent with apology.  After an eventful deliberation, the meeting arrived at the following resolutions.

1.  As much as NNL is not against any decision by the NFF, the NNL Cub Owners Association should always be carried along whenever NFF is taking decisions that has to do with NNL especial the kind of the decision to end all leagues abruptly.

2.   A functional NNL Board should be put in place asap and at least three (3) Club Owners of NNL should be considered as members.

3.   The league should be rebranded to give the league a new face. Partners and Sponsors should be sought without further delay as this is part of what put the league on hold in the first instance.

4.   The Association should work with the League Board to ensure early commencement of the new season as well as determine a standard calendar for the season.

5.   No registration fee should be charged for the 2020/2021 season

6.   The problem associated with (poor) officiating should be critically looked into as this is one of the reasonthe current season was put on hold. A Committee should be constituted to look into the poor officiating saga and make useful suggestions as to how the menace will be put to an end.

7.  NFF should consider Clubs in NNL as on the beneficiaries of pallatives from FIFA and CAF. Most especially the Private Club Owners

 8.  A functional and effective media outfit should be put in place to attract investors into the league.

9.  Voting was held on Tuesday 30th June when the house could not agree on whether there should be promotion or not from NNL to NPFL in the 2020/2021 football season. At the end of the voting exercise, 12 teams voted in support of Promotion while 13 teams voted against Promotion.

10.  With the result of the voting, the Club Owners Association of NNL has resolved that there should be NO Promotion and NO Relegation should the NFF resolve to abort the 2019/2020 National League.