The management of both Osun United of Osogbo and that of Joy Cometh of Lagos have appealed against the decision of the Nigeria National League (NNL) to battle themselves out in a relegation play-off.
Recall in the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the nation’s second-tier league held in Benin City, Edo State, the Club Owners asked the two clubs to lock horns in a playoff among the other 12 teams down the ladder of the logs.
In an appeal letter signed by officials of the two teams, the 2020/21 NNL season ended properly and the lower league that is the Nationwide League One (NLO) promoted eight (8) teams and were expecting the same number of teams to drop from the Nigeria National League and already the 8 teams to go down to the Nationwide League One (NLO) can be picked from the table so there was no need for the play-off by 12 teams to pick the 8 that will go down.
According to Osun United and Joy Cometh, the 8 teams to go on relegation have already been marked by the board of the Nigeria National League.
This means that Omoluabi Giants, Joy Cometh, Taraba FC and Road Safety Abuja are to remain in the Nigeria National League for the 2021/2022 season.
The number of teams to relegate was not discussed or written in last season AGM communique.
This act or decision by the Nigeria National League Club Owners to call for a play-off is unconstitutional, unprofessional and not logical. It was pronounced to favour some of their close colleagues, such an act will further kill the Nigeria League system they added.