DECISIONS OF THE LMC, NPFL CLUBS OWNER’S MEETING.
THE MEETING WELCOMED THE CLUBS TO THE NPFL FROM THE NIGERIA NATIONAL LEAGUE (NNL),
NAMELY KADA FC OF KADUNA, INSURANCE FC OF BENIN, GOMBE UNITED FC AND REMO STARS FC.
1 The meeting confirmed 13th January 2019 as the kick off date for the 2019 (24 team format) NPFL abridged league of two groups of 12 teams each for the season.
2 The meeting agreed and approved additional time and special concessions for the newly promoted clubs for registration and also that they are to commence league matches from Matchday 3.
3 The meeting accepted the proposed six team play off at the end of the abridged league for the top three teams from each of the two groups to determine the second and third placed teams to represent the country at CAF club competitions.
4 The meeting accepted the proposed relegation of eight teams from NPFL at the end of the abridged league with four teams each from the two groups while 4 team shall be promoted from the NNL to revert to the regular NPFL 20 ream format in the 2019/2020.
5(a) The meeting requested the Nigeria football federation NFF to grant the request for participation of the LMC in the matter in the matter of referees placement and disciplinary matters with objective to subsequently ensure more involvement in the
management of refereeing matters for the league in line with best international practices to guarantee and sustain quality officiating for the league.
5(b) The meeting identified officiating as one of the biggest challenges facing the league system and therefore recommend that any erring referee found league for a minimum of 5 years aside other disciplinary measures to be taken by the NFF referees committee.
6 The meeting expressed its total confidence and support for the leadership of the LMC and the directors for their untiring efforts to sustain the league despite the several challenges faced by the system in recent time.
7 The meeting thanked the leadership and members of the Nigeria Football Federation NFF for their interventions in solving the problems facing league football in Nigeria as well as the several achievement recorded by our National teams.
8 The meeting fully resolved to continue to work with the LMC to protect the brand of the NPFL and ensure the rebuilding process of the NPFL to achieve the desired success for the benefit of the clubs and the league.
9 The meeting noted that the 2019 NPFL season is a transitional season and thus, everyone agrees to work harmoniously to support the process to make the season a success within the inherent limitations due to the transition.