NFA gives Giwa FC, Nembe City FC 4 conditions to fulfil before re-admission into NPFL


gbolahan-salami-blockedThe Emergency Committee of the Nigeria Football Association (NFA) has asked Nembe City FC and Giwa FC to fulfil four conditions within seven days before they could return to the league.

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The committee, which heard both clubs’ appeal at a meeting in Abuja on Monday, said the two clubs must fulfil the conditions before re-admission into the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).

Both clubs had appealed to the NFA regarding their non-registration for the 2013/2014 NPFL season.

The association, in wading into the issue, rather handed out conditions which may make the clubs’ return more difficult.

The meeting had involved top officials of the League Management Company (LMC), which organises the league, and representatives of the two clubs.

It resolved, among other decisions, that both teams must within the next seven days, present a letter of allegiance to the LMC in accordance with the approved format.

The clubs are also to present a stadium to be inspected and approved by the LMC, and provide a detailed medical profile of all players in the two teams.

The NFA said this medical profile must be in line with the approved medical forms, while the clubs are also to discontinue all matters and litigations in court.

The committee, headed by NFA board member Chris Green as Acting Chairman, said the clubs’ failure to fulfil these conditions automatically bars both teams from the 2013/2014 NPFL season.

The Emergency Committee also ruled that the two clubs must meet with other general requirements for registration for the 2013/2014 NPFL season on or before June 24.

“Failure to do this means the two clubs will be subjected to penalty of deduction of nine points,’’ the meeting’s communiqué stated.

It stated that “the LMC had been directed to admit Giwa FC and Nembe City FC into the NPFL season

commencing from their fixtures in Week Four, upon meeting the four mandatory conditions’’.

The committee also ruled that, henceforth, any club which heads to the court, either by themselves or by proxy, shall be made to defray the total cost of the matter.

It said this would be done before their appeal could be considered.

In the same vein, the committee also warned Nembe City FC “to desist from further association with any banned person(s), or risk forfeiture of points or outright de-registration from the league’’.

It explained that “association’’ includes appearance at their match venues and taking part in football

activities on their behalf.

The meeting’s communiqué said LMC’s Chief Operating Officer (COO), Salihu Abubakar was at the

meeting with another LMC member, Shehu Dikko, and Barr. Samson Ebomhe.

It added that Nembe City FC was represented by Kate Johnson, while Samson Adamu

represented Giwa FC.

The communiqué also said Sunday Longbap, Chairman of the Plateau Football Association, presented evidence that the court case instituted by Giwa FC’s business associates had been discontinued as

of Monday.

The meeting was also attended by the committee members such as Muazu Suleyman, Suleyman Yahaya-Kwande, Yusuf Ahmed and Ahmad Kawu, as well as Musa Amadu, the Secretary

Babatunde Akinsola
Babatunde Akinsola
Babatunde Akinsola is aNaija247news' Southwest editor. He's based in Lagos and writes on the Yoruba Nation political issues, news and investigative reports

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