Congress of the Nigeria National League (NNL) have proposed that the winners and runners-up from each of the four groups of the NNL be granted direct promotion to the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).
Due to leadership crisis in the Nigeria Football Federation, the NPFL could not resume after the World Cup break. This led to a premature ending of the league, with Lobi Stars — the table-toppers as of the time the league went on break — declared champions, after the League Management Company (LMC) met with representatives of all the clubs in the division.
The LMC and the clubs also agreed that no team in the division would be relegated, while the winners from each of the four groups of the NNL would join the topflight, to increase NPFL to 24 teams, who would be divided into two groups, each consisting 12 teams. The NNL planned a Super 8 tournament featuring the winners and runners-up from the four groups to determine the four teams that would be promoted to the topflight.
However, 234football gathered that the runners-up from the four teams have lobbied the NNL to ditch the Super 8 tournament and grant them direct promotion to the NPFL — and the NNL appear to have yielded to pressure.
The NNL, after its Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Abuja on Saturday, proposed direct promotion for the top two teams from its four groups to the NPFL.
Despite the fact that the proposal is subject to ratification from the LMC, the NNL has already shelved the Super 8 tournament.
The Congress has also proposed January 19, 2019 as the kickoff of the 2018-19 season.
If the proposal is approved, teams like Gombe United, Real Stars, Kogi United, Kada City, Remo Stars, Delta Force, Bendel Insurance and Shooting Stars will gain promotion to the NPFL•