Rivers United reject PPG-decided NPFL table
Rivers United will challenge the latest NPFL standings released by the League Management Company (LMC) according to their media officer Sammy.
During a phone interview with the Sports Zone screw on Lagos Talks 91.3, Sammy Wejinya said the club will exploit every means possible to seek redress on the issue.
Based on the points-per-game ratio, both Rivers United and Enyimba ended the 2019-20 NPFL season with an average of 1.80 points which is the second highest in the division.
But considering the head-to-head which is the next point of call when two teams are equal on points under LMC rules the Elephants of Aba (Enyimba) edge it.
Sammy who has featured on the Sports Zone as a guest for two days consecutively argued passionately that Rivers deserved the second position spot ahead of Enyimba.
It must be recalled that although the Elephants defeated Rivers United 1nil in the meeting between both teams in Aba before the season ended abrutly.
But Sammy’s stance is that the result cannot be used as a tie breaker between them because Rivers didn’t get a chance to play Enyimba at home.
He also insist that the club will fight to change the decision by every means possible.
“The decision reached by the NFF was not the interpretation laid by the LMC and we cannot accept this decision because it is tantamount to injustice. We will explore every avenue first set by the rule book, and if we do not get justice, we will move higher to the CAF, we will move to the world governing body, FIFA and if we still do not get justice, we will go to the apex body, the Court of Arbitration for Sports, as far as adjudication of such matter is concerned,” he stated.
Going by his analogy, the second position would have been decided by a playoff between Rivers United and Enyimba or by goal difference.
However, if we’re to apply it then almost every team in the NPFL will have something to complain about.