By Nsikak Ikrok
More Nigerian football players plying their trade in the Nigeria National Football League have strongly favoured a Super-6 football tournament as a means of ending the league so as to enhance early preparation for the next football season.
The players who bared their minds via series of telephone conversion said that with the remaining great number of home and away games to be played does not augur well for the players who may likely be forced to play not less than two games per week to the detriment of their health and performance.
Notable among them is Dayo Ojo a new Akwa united player who wants the league to end well without serious injuries carried over to next season.
Drawing example from last year’s Super-6 tournament which saved the situation owing to a log jam, a player from one of the Eastern states strongly advocates for the Super-6 in order to help the teams out of unnecessary financial expenses in travelling, feeding and fatigue.
Also, speaking with some soccer administrators whose teams have fallen out of the best six teams, they want the Super-6 to be shelved since their various teams have no hand in playing in tournament. They instead prefer almost 17 matches to be played by but players in a short interval not minding the wellbeing of the players and the huge financial involvements.
The Super-6 tournament was used last season as the first 6 teams in the league played one another on a round-robin encounter with the first and second- placed teams proceeding to represent the country in the CAF champions League, the second-placed team along with the winner of the national FA Cup represented the country in the CAF Confederation Cup.
However, this year’s tournament will have four teams instead of last year’s three. The best two will play at the CAF champions league while the in next two will play in the CAF Confederation Cup since there will be no time for playing the national FA Cup this year.
It can be recalled that the global coronavirus pandemic led to
the suspension of the league about two months ago, a move that halted regular
football calendar worldwide.