Division 3 playoff will correct past errors – Ogunnowo
By Femi Atolagbe
Olushola Ogunnowo, the Chief Operating Officer of the Nationwide League One (NLO), has said that the league body will use the forthcoming Division 3 playoff to correct some errors witnessed during the just concluded Division 2 playoff in the country.
Ogunnowo disclosed this to the media in Abuja on Thursday, while speaking on the plans to have a smooth and well organised Division 3 play off fixed to begin next week across eight centres in the Federation. He stressed that the clubs are putting finishing touches to everything regarding the registration of their players and other vital information and logistics for the play off.
“We are expecting good football from the Division 3 playoff. We are very glad that Division 1 and 2 playoffs were very successful and we hope that Division 3 playoff will be successfull as well. We will ensure that little lapses noticed during the previous playoffs will be corrected in the Division 3 playoff,” Ogunnowo said.
He added: “That is the standard that the board has given to the secretariat, that will ensure the little errors are corrected. Although these errors were not visible to the public, but we noticed the errors and it is our aim to fix the errors and have a smooth organisation of the Division 3 playoff.
“We are going to have eight centres and teams will be grouped into these centres based on their geographical location. At the end of the games in the group, the top team in each group will be promoted to the Division 2, while the last team in the group will be relegated to the state league,” he said.
The eight centres hosting the Divison 3 Playoff are Ado-Ekiti, Ibadan, Gumel, Gombe, Lafia, Minna, Yenogoa and Oba.