The Interim Management Committee (IMC) has reiterated that despite running against time, the last matches of 2023 abridged league and the Super 6 will hold in May.
This was made known by the Chief Operating Officer of IMC, Prince Davidson Owumi during a chat on Monday. He acknowledged the fact that the three outstanding matches Rivers United have to play will affect their proposed schedule but optimistic that the league can still be concluded in May.
“It is our joy for Nigeria teams to progress in the CAF Club competitions and we are very happy that Rivers United went this far to the quarterfinal which led to having three outstanding matches. He said.
He continued, “We will work on getting them a very conducive atmosphere not to pile up too much matches on them. We have two groups and these two groups are not in anyway related in their fixtures. The delay for Rivers United to play the outstanding matches to meet up with other teams will only affect the group where Rivers United plays but not the other.
He added, “What I am saying is that, one group may complete their group matches before the other but all league matches including Super 6 will hold in May according to our calendar.”
Week 16 of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) were played across centres last weekend with just two matches remaining for most of the clubs except Rivers United who have three outstanding games.
Meanwhile, the Federation Cup where Rivers United and other NPFL participate will also hold this May.
However, the first three teams in each of the two groups will qualify for the Super Six-where the eventual would be declared winner of the 2022/23 NPFL.
The tournament will be run in a league format with team with the highest points going home with the trophy.
The overall winners and second placed team will represent Nigeria in the CAF Champions League next year while the third placed team will compete in the CAF Confederation Cup.