The Makurdi side went into the World Cup break as league leaders — two points clear of second-placed Akwa United. The league, which had 14 match days left to play, was slated to resume on July 18.
However, leadership tussle within the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, forced an indefinite postponement.
With CAF requiring member nations to present names of their representatives for next season’s continental competitions in October, the LMC made efforts to conclude the league before the end of October.
And last week, after a joint meeting between clubs and the LMC, there were reports of an agreement to resume the league on Sunday, September 2. The plan, though tentative, was to hold the remainder of the season between September 2 and October 28.
The decision, which was not made public, did not go down with some club managers who complained about the financial and health implications of playing 14 league games within a two-month period. This necessitated an emergency meeting on Friday, where “it was unanimously agreed by the 20 NPFL Clubs” that Lobi Stars will represent Nigeria in next season’s Champions League, while the the winners of the Aiteo Cup, which will be held between September and October, will be Nigeria’s representative in the Confederation Cup.
Decisions reached at the emergency meeting:
1. Upon consideration of different options (5 possible options were presented), it was unanimously agreed by the 20 NPFL Clubs, that the 2017/2018 season of the NPFL is deemed concluded and the team at the top of the standings – Lobi Stars shall be the representative in the CAF Champions League for 2019 Session starting Nov 2018 to May 2019.