After a long standoff against the Nigeria Football Federation [NFF] and the League Management Company [LMC], normalcy seem to have returned to Nigerian club football sphere as the Nigeria National League [NNL] Super 8 tournament is set to kick off tomorrow being Sunday, 7th January 2019.
Naijafootballplus.com was at the Enyimba International Stadium, the venue of the Super 8 tournament and witnessed four of the eight teams train on Saturday evening. Gombe United, Real Stars, Shooting Stars Sports Club and Bendel Insurance took turns to train on the pitch in preparation for the matches tomorrow and expressed delight at the status of the Aba playing surface.
The draws of the tournament was held with all right teams represented. There were two groups of four teams each according to their conferences. Gombe United, Real Stars FC, Kada City FC and Kogi United were drawn in group A while Bendel Insurance, Delta Force, Shooting Stars Sports Club and Remo Stars were drawn in group B.
Groups will play a round robin of matches with winners of both groups squaring off in the finals on Thursday 10th January with all teams having to rest on Tuesday 8th January. The first two teams in each group will be promoted to the Nigeria Professional Football League [NPFL] for the 2018/2019 season.
Below are the full fixtures of the Bet9ja NNL super 8 tournament with match times
Day one(1) 6th January,2019
Gombe Utd v Kogi Utd – 8Am
Bendel Insurance v Delta Force. -2PM
Kada City FC v Real Stars. – 4PM
Remo Stars v 3SC – 6PM
Day two(2)7th January,2019.
Real Stars v Gomber Utd -8AM
Delta Force v 3SC -PM
Kogi Utd v Kada City – 4PM
Bendel Insurance v Remo Stars -6PM.
Day three(3):8th January 2019. – REST DAY
Day four (4)9th January,2019.
Kogi Utd v Real Stars -8AM
Gombe Utd v Kada City – 2PM.
3SC v Bendel Insurance 4PM
Delta Force V Remo Stars-6PM
Winner ‘A’ v Winner ‘B’ – 4PM.
With this new development, the 2018/2019 NPFL season will likely be postponed for a week to enable promoted teams prepare for the new season while the Bet9ja NNL will likely go ahead at the end of January as earlier planned.