Nigerian Premier League club Giwa FC have been banned from the Nigeria Football Professional League(NPFL), after the club failed to show up for their third successive game in Ilorin against Enyimba.
The rule of the Nigerian league states that any club which fail to honour three fixtures in a season without genuine explanation will be expelled from the competition.
Giwa FC expelled from NPFL
Defending champions Enyimba walked over the Jos club in Ilorin on Wednesday May 18, as Giwa completed three games unhonoured without any acceptable reason. Wikki Torurists and Akwa United had earlier walked-over the team.
Recall that Giwa FC were banished to Ilorin following crowd trouble during a home game against Enugu Rangers recently.
The LMC referred to Rule 13.28 which states as follows, “if a club fails to honour three matches cumulatively within the league season without acceptable reason to the LMC, such a club shall be expelled from the League and its matches, played and not played shall be cancelled,” Vanguard reports.
Meanwhile the club in a letter to the League Management Company (LMC), Giwa FC pleaded that their match against Enyimba be rescheduled. The game was billed to hold at the Ilorin Township Stadium on May 18.
A statement from the club showed that they want to remain in the league while asking for the LMC to review the circumstances leading to their recent travails.
“Giwa FC has written to inform the League Management Company (LMC) that it has accepted to play its match with Enyimba,” said a statement from media officer David King.