The former chairman of Nigeria Premier League NPL, Victor Rumson Baribote, says its wrong for NPFL Club owners to make pronouncements for other independent leagues in the country.
The former NFF vice president said other leagues should be the top priority of the NFF and should not be left stranded at the expense of the Nigerian professional football league.
The 2019/2020 Football season in Nigeria was halted due to coronavirus pandemic and league governing body has made it clear no teams from the Nigeria Professional Football League will go down, which means new teams won’t be joining the top flight division from the National League.
However, Point Per Game PPG framework will be adopted to determine the teams that will represent the country in CAF competitions next season, but Baribote opined that the same framework should be used to determine relegation and promotion to the top division.
“Illegality has eaten deep into the system and orderliness and peace shall return whenever we learn to play by the rules,” Baribote told Family United By Football FUBF.
“lf at the end of the day we decided to crown Plateau United as number one, whichever format we decide to employ meaning that the number one team on the log is the winner.
“Whichever strategy used to determine those that will represent the country in CAF competitions, we should also adopt that system to determine who goes down.
“ln every contest, there must be a winner and there must be a looser. So at the end of the day, we must be told who is going down.
“It’s laughable for club chairmen to decide for other leagues, we are just swimming in ignorance. FIFA/NFF statues dictate that all affiliates should determine their affairs without external influence.
“It is wrong for NPFL Club Owners to make a pronouncement for other independent leagues who are an affiliate of their own rights, where did the football committee of NFF derived their power from to be the mouthpiece of any league and to decide who goes up and who goes down?
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