The management, technical crew and players of Crown Football Club, Ogbomoso has frowned at the proposed cancellation of all leagues in Nigeria by the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) and representatives of the 20 clubs participating in the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL).

The club considers the development as a unilateral and insensate decision as other stakeholders in the national leagues viz – NNL, Nigerian Women’s League and Nationwide League were not carried along in the unpopular decision.

The team restate that “this cancellation is unfavourable, one, NNL is not an appendage of NPFL, only a symbiotic relationship exists between the two.

 " More so, the NNL was a beleaguered league even before the advent of the coronavirus pandemic on the basis upon which the leagues were suspended , NNL matches were played last in December 2019 due to problems associated with payment of indemnity, issues of sponsorship, officiating and other challenges.”

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In a statement signed by the Acting GM, Crown Said there are 42 clubs in the NNL, yet none of the clubs received any correspondence to attend the meeting where the voting was done to cancel all the leagues, we were not part of the decision yet they are making the decision binding on us.

" The manner of leagues administration in Nigeria is nauseating and worrisome. This entire situation is becoming a charade and confusing. We emphasize that it is a situation like this that keeps on robbing our leagues of sponsorship, excitement and most importantly, spectators at stadia across the country. 

" Clubs cannot put in development plans, you register players, pay clearance fees, execute matches ,pay salaries,bonuses and allowances, vote money to a lot of things just to sustain the system, yet at the end of the day, the league is managed on the whims of a few. 

" All the Clubs combined would have spent about a billion naira in terms of naira and kobo aside other logistics before the suspension now we are talking about cancellation What this portends is Club owners in NNL are not stakeholders in the league.”

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