ABUJA – Ahead of the new 2018/ 2019 Nigeria Professional Football League season , NPFL the League Management Company LMC and the 24 club owners have agreed to undergo play- off at the end of the regular season.

The agreement was reached at an emergency meeting held to usher in the new league season on Friday in Abuja .

A statement released at the end of the meeting said three top team in each group of the league will proceed to the play- off.

The winner of the play- off will be declared winner of the league while second and third teams will represent Nigeria in the CAF clubs competitions.

Also the meeting identified officiating as one of the biggest challenges facing the league system and therefore resolved that any erring referee found wanting shall be withdrawn from the league for a minimum of 5years aside other disciplinary measures to be taken by the NFF referees committee .

Nigeria league will commence later today in an abridged format after much delay due to misunderstanding that erupted between the LMC and organiser of the second tier league NNL.

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