By Chukwuemeka Abbah, Abuja
The Chairman Abia Warriors Football Club, Emeka Inyama has noted that the nation’s second tier league is in dire need of survival, lamenting that the introduction of independent chairman has not helped in anyway to move the league to the next level.
Inyama, a former Boss of the NNL, maintained that the NNL management put in place by the NFF board led by Amaju Melvin Pinnick, showed incompetence by its inability to run the season after five matches, thus ruining the chances of the four teams seeking promotion to the elite division.
The Abia Warriors chieftain stated that since his exit from the management of the NNL, the league has loss its face value.
“You will agree with me that NNL under me as chairman was at its very best so far. We organised the league without hitches for four years with promotion and relegation.
“In my time it was not up to 40 clubs but I was very professional and firm in our decision making. We enjoyed a lot of goodwill from the clubs because of the way we managed the league. We had about three sponsors then and we ran the league.
“The NNL is in urgent need for survival. It needs a surgical approach to overhaul the place. For a league to play just few matches and stop is not salutary and the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) should intervene to revive the ailing league. It’s the support league and critical to the success of Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) and should not be overlooked.
“You need somebody with capacity and drive to do the needful. It’s not a league for settlement. So much pressure comes with managing a football club here but my low days was the needless fight between two sister clubs. I was very sad especially with the injury sustained by my friend and brother Chief Anyansi of Enyimba.
Recall 17 clubs in the elite division voted to end the 2019/2020football season and adopted the PPG framework, and collectively agreed that there won’t be promotion from the Nigeria National League or relegation from the NPFL.