Despite the recent reduction in the number of teams that will participate in the 2023 edition of Dozy Mmobuosi/NPFL Super Cup, the sponsor of the pre-season competition has reiterated its commitment to upholding the integrity of the tournament.
Dozy Mmobuosi Foundation in a statement has explained that the decision to trim the number of clubs from the proposed twelve to eight was a difficult one which was taken after extensive consultations.
“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.
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Our priority continues to be delivering a thrilling and memorable Super Cup and playing a role in further developing the football infrastructure.
“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 8 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”, explained Ebuwa Martins Agbonwaneten, the CEO of Dozy Mmobuosi Foundation.
It will be recalled that 3SC of Ibadan took home a whopping N100m for winning the inaugural edition of the competition which was held in December 2022 in Lagos.
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