The 2018 season of the Bet9ja Nigeria National League is promising keener competition and tougher challenge for teams looking to gain promotion into the Nigeria Professional Football League, NPFL, Sportstalkafrica.com can report.
Following exhaustive deliberations at the congress of the NNL holden in Lagos on Tuesday, the stakeholders decided that the league should be structured in such a way as to ensure that only the strongest four of all participating clubs advance to the elite league.
Though the abridge system of four groups, two in each divide of the country, was sustained, the winners from the group will not immediately proceed on promotion. Rather, the top two teams from each of the two groups in each region will proceed for a playoff on a neutral ground where the ultimate winner and runner up will emerge for promotion to the NPFL.
This will also be followed by a national playoff where the final national champion will be decided.
Sportstalkafruca gathered that many of the club managers are at home with the amendment pointing out that the race up to the final four teams for promotion will eliminate the issue of excessive home advantage and encourage balanced officiating.