An emergency joint consultative gathering of the League Management Company (LMC), the 20 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) participating Clubs and individuals from the Nigeria Football Federation(NFF) Executive Committee settled among numerous other extensive choices to pronounce Lobi Stars to represent Nigeria in next season’s CAF Champions League.
The gathering was called against the scenery of the antagonistic conditions in the organization of football in the nation, which brought about the uncertain suspension of the resumption of the (NPFL) prompting tremendous fixtures pile up of both league and cup competitions
The second of the six point goals of the meeting was that none of the 20 NPFL Clubs will be relagated to the lower league.
The meeting likewise concurred that four Clubs will be promoted from the Nigeria National League(NNL) to bring the number of the NPFL Clubs for the 2018/19 season to 24.
It was additionally settled that the 2018/19 PFL season will begin in November 2018 with 24 teams taking part, groups which will be partitioned into two groups of 12 teams each. The 2018/2019 Season beginning November 2018 will be played on 22 Match days finishing with a Play off to decide the winner by May 2019
Additionally settled at the meeting was that three teams from each gathering (an aggregate of six) will be relegated from the NPFL after the finish of the 2018/2019 season, while two teams will be elevated to the NPFL from the NNL 2019 Season. This will enable the NPFL to return to the original structure of 20 teams as from the 2019/2020 season.
To accomplish agreement in the general national football schedule, the NFF embraced the 2019 AITEO CUP to begin from September 2018 and to end on October 14, 2018. The NPFL Teams would be seeded for the CUP competition and the Winner to represent Nigeria in the 2019 CAF Confederation Cup beginning November 2019