NNL Super Four: Bukola Olopade expresses optimism in NPFL entrants

NNL Super Four: Bukola Olopade expresses optimism in NPFL entrants

Chief Operating officer of the Nigerian National League (NNL), Bukola Olopade has expressed his disappointment in the level of play exhibited by the teams which kick-started the NNL Super Four tournament in Lagos at the weekend.

In the opener of the Super Four played on Sunday inside the Soccer Temple Agege Stadium, Kwara United lost to Go Round FC of Rivers 2-4 on penalty shootout after a stalemate in regulation time.

The match did not produce fireworks as envisaged from both sides as it was a competition to end the 2017 league season.

Olopade said in his assessment f both team at the Super Four ‘Today’s match has actually not lived to the bill. I saw Go Round and Kwara United during the League and I predicted that both of them will gain promotion. They can do better than what we have seen today’

‘For us as a board we are happy that we have been able to complete the circle of the league season as expected by all stakeholders in football.’

Speaking further on the relationship with the Nigerian Professional football league, he called for a more stronger tie between both organizations managing the different tiers.

‘I think the synergy can only get stronger. For instance, it is expected that before the premier league commencement date is released, they should lias with the management of the NNL in order for us to have system where the league flows seamlessly from one to the other. It is very important and that is what obtains anywhere in the world.

‘There is a synergy, I think we just need to work more.’

Bukola Olopade however enjoined Lagos fans to come out in their numbers to cheer the participating teams in the Super four although admitting that the competition was not adequately publicized owing to some exigencies.

Heartland football club were scheduled to take on Yobe Deserts who pulled out of the competition but will now play Remo Stars on Monday afternoon at the same venue.