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The second-tier Bet9ja Nigeria National League will kick off March 3 with an abridged format, officials have disclosed.

It is now a 36-team competition instead of 32 teams – 16 teams from the North and 20 from South of the country.

The teams are divided into groups A and B in both the North and South, with two teams each to emerge for a freshly adopted Super 8 that will be played in a neutral ground to determine the four teams to be promoted to the NPFL.

There will be a break during the World Cup between June and July.

Boss of Bet9ja NNL Chidi Ofor Okenwa said the essence of this format is ensure worthy representatives of “the most Important league” to the Nigeria Professional Football League.

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