By Kingsley Emmanuel
Some Nigeria Professional Football League, NPFL players have reacted over the proposed Point Per Game method to end the 2019/2020 league season due to COVID-19.
The players in an exclusive interview with NigerianFootballer.com had differing opinions on the new method to end the league.
Sunshine stars defender, Jonathan Zikiye told NigerianFootballer.com that he does not understand Points Per Game.
“Truth be told, I don’t really understand that Point Per Game statistic unless somebody explains it to me in a layman’s language, but as I said earlier, everything done was for the interest of everybody,” Zikiye said.
“In a situation like this whatever decision they take may not be accepted by everyone.
“Whether it is in the best interest of everyone or for a selfish purpose, not everybody will accept it so we just have to move on and see the possibilities of making our League better.
“When this happened before, most persons and clubs were not too comfortable with it especially those that could have won the League.
“So I think this time around it has happened again, we don’t have a choice and this one is even more serious than the former because it has to do with health issues, so we all have to just accept it.
“It is not comfortable for everyone, especially those that could have had more opportunity to go further, but as far as I am concerned the table is still open and if the League were to be continued, the only team that is safe is Plateau United because of the gap.”
Nasarawa United defender Maduka Fidelis Orji also told NigerianFootballer.com that he has no idea what the Points Per Game method is about.
“I don’t know maybe they had better plans for the League, so I can’t question whatever decision they make.
“I feel bad because I remember when they gave Lobi the League in 2018, there was nothing like this. They could have used that same platform and all these things people are saying about Lobi Stars and Akwa United in the media could have been avoided.”
However, the League Management Company did not award the title to Lobi Stars in 2018 though lots of stakeholders continue to hold on to that belief.
Enyimba’s goalkeeper, Theophilus Afelokhai agrees with the PPG since it gives his club a chance to play on the continent once again.
“It is a good thing that they have decided on what to do about the League, which is very important because there is no time for us since COVID 19 has caused a long delay.
“And seeing Enyimba having the opportunity to play continental football again is a good thing which we deserve.
“It is a good decision and the other clubs that will be representing the League on the continent need to pray for God to help us go far.”
Ikenna Hillary of Sunshine Stars insists this is the first time he is hearing of Points Per Game method.
“For me, this is the first time I am hearing of this. The way they are counting the point and using it to give an edge over to teams that are first, second, and third.
“This is the first time I am hearing this and I don’t know anything about it,” Ikenna said.
The Nigeria Football Federation will eventually ratify or cancel the decision taken by the majority of clubs in the League and then make a final statement on how the 2019/20 League season will end.