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Organisers reduce Dozy Mmobuosi/NPFL Super Cup from 12 to eight teams

By Alex Monye
22 May 2023   |   3:55 am
Organisers of the Dozy Mmobuosi/NPFL Pre-season Super Cup, yesterday, disclosed that the second edition of the competition will now feature eight teams instead of 12 as earlier advertised.

Organisers of the Dozy Mmobuosi/NPFL Pre-season Super Cup, yesterday, disclosed that the second edition of the competition will now feature eight teams instead of 12 as earlier advertised.

The organisers said in a statement that the decision was taken after “extensive consultations aimed at ensuring a robust competitive pre-season tournament.”

Dozy Mmobuosi Foundation, which organises the competition, said the decision to trim the numbers was a difficult, but necessary step towards sustaining the tempo of the competition already established during the first edition.

“While we acknowledge and appreciate the passion that may have been fired up in anticipation of the earlier number made public, the decision to adjust the number of participating teams was not taken lightly.

“We recognise the potential disappointment this might cause. However, our commitment to the highest level of competitive football remains unwavering. We firmly believe that this change will allow for a more concentrated display of skill, intensify competition among the top teams and ultimately enhance the fan experience.

“Our priority continues to be delivering a thrilling and memorable Super Cup and playing a role in further developing the football infrastructure,” Chief Executive Officer of Dozy Mmobuosi Foundation, Ebuwa Martins Agbonwaneten, said.

The tournament sponsor noted that reducing the number of teams from 12 to eight would also encourage competition in the regular season, as only the very best will make the cut.

“With a total of 20 teams in the NPFL, having 12 teams in the Super Cup would exceed the halfway mark and potentially impact the overall competitiveness. By allowing only the top eight teams, based on their performance in the preceding NPFL season to participate, we can guarantee that each qualifying team showcases the highest level of skill and performance, thereby elevating the standard of the Super Cup and NPFL,” he said.

“While we understand that some may have concerns about the impact on team qualification and public perception, we want to emphasise that this adjustment will create an environment for more intense matches and deliver an even more thrilling experience for fans and spectators,” Martins said.

Martins assured that the Foundation would deliver an exceptional and unforgettable Super Cup experience to players, fans and all stakeholders involved.