Nigeria National League to kick off on May 7




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Abuja  –  The ad hoc overseeing the Nigeria National League (NNL) on Wednesday in Abuja said the league’s 2015/2016 season would kick off on 7.

The league body’s ad hoc also informed club officials and other stakeholders at the league’s congress that the season would be in an abridged format.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the abridged format will have eight clubs each in four groups.

In the draws held to group the clubs, United, Sokoto United and Kogi United and five others are in Group A1 in the new format.

Group A2 has Kwara United, FC Taraba and Gombe United, which are all former NPFL clubsides which were relegated at the end of the last season.

Group B1 has, among others, Rivers State FA Cup champions Go Round FC, Remo Stars and Delta Force FC.

ABS FC, Gateway FC, United FC and Prime FC of Oshogbo are part of Group B2 setting.

Speaking at the event, Chairman of the NNL Ad-hoc Committee, Seyi Akinwunmi, said the had to settle for the abridged league format because of time constraints.

“Time has already been wasted and we aim to have a league that will be successful and productive,’’ the First Vice- of said.

He said he was sure the league would be concluded in good time, barring any last-minute change to the proposed kick-off date.

NAN reports that winners in all four groups will automatically pick the qualification tickets to the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).

GROUP A1

Sokoto United
United
Kogi United
Shekarau Babes
Katsina United
FC Yarmalight
Mighty Jets
Jigawa Stars

GROUP A2

Adamawa United
Kwara United
FC Taraba
Wikki Feeders
Supreme Court
FC Zamfara
Dreams FC
Gombe United

GROUP B1

Remo Stars
COD United
Delta Force
Go Round
Unicem Rovers
Sharks FC
Akwa Starlets
Abia Comets

GROUP B2

ABS FC
Crown FC
Prime FC
J. Atete FC
United
First Bank
Gateway United
Bendel Insurance(NAN)