All you need to know about 2023 Nigeria Football League Super Six

THE Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) Interim Management Committee (IMC) has announced that the Super Six will take place at the Mobolaji Johnson Arena in Lagos from June 3 to June 11.

The Super Six, which will decide the champions of the 2022/2023 NPFL season, is to be contested by the Top Three teams in the two groups (Group A and Group B) of the NPFL.

The revision of the timetable was agreed upon with the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to accommodate the league and the Federation Cup, according to Davidson Owumi, Head of Operations at IMC.

The tournament will be played in a league format, a total of 15 games — with each of the six teams facing the other. 

The matches will be played in five days.

“With Federation Cup round of 16 and quarter-finals fixtures slated for May 24 and 28, we reasoned that the Super 6 can no longer hold from the earlier date as some of the teams that might qualify for the play-off are also possibly going to be in the Federation Cup,” Owumi said.

Teams are expected to arrive in Lagos June 1, while match officials will arrive the following day.

The IMC further stated that the format would crown the club with the most points at the conclusion of the games as champions.

The NPFL’s abridged regular season will end on May 21, with the top three teams from each group advancing to the playoffs.

Why an abridged league format was adopted for 2022/2023 NPFL season

The start of the 2022/2023 league season had to be delayed due to the league’s new leadership. In response to the tardiness, the IMC suggested a shortened league structure for the season.

The NPFL was last split in half in 2019, when 24 clubs participated in the competition.

The 20 clubs are divided into two groups, A and B, with ten teams in each group for the 2022–23 season.

The IMC also announced that the winner of the 2022/23 NPFL season will bag N100 million. The figure is double the prize earned by Rivers United for winning the 2021/22 season.




    QUALIFIED TEAMS

    Defending champions Rivers United, Bendel Insurance, and Benue-based club Lobi Stars have secured a place in the Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL) Super Six playoff tournament.

    Three other teams are yet to qualify.

    The Super Six’s top two teams will represent Nigeria in the CAF Champions League next season while the overall third-place team on the standings of the Super Six will represent Nigeria in the CAF Confederation Cup.

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