Nigeria National League (NNL) chairman, Chief Chidi Offor Okenwa has put the recent impasse over the lower division’s Super-8 promotion play-off down to youthful exuberance on the part of the competing teams.
Footballlive.ng gathered that Okenwa also cited ‘family issues’ among the clubs as another part of the logjam, but stated delight that all the matters have since been settled and the competition began last weekend.
Okenwa went on to thank top shots of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) for wading into the matter and helping the NNL reach an amicable end and solution to the initial stalemate on holding the Super-8.
With the competition now in full swing at Enyimba International Stadium, Aba, Okenwa is happy with the turnaround of events and believes all four teams that gain promotion to the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) will excel next season in the top-flight division.
Much to Okenwa’s delight, the Super-8 began Sunday with four matches on display, from which he said the four that eventually gain promotion will compete adequately in the Nigerian top-flight.
Okenwa stated: “All those involved in this sport are youth irrespective of their age. You know what happen to youth, they agree to disagree.
“There were family issues, but they had been resolved. We have done what we are supposed to do in terms of organization of the tournament.
“We are looking forward to the delivery of the best teams to the NPFL. We expect them to compete in the NPFL and not just to participate.”