The Nigerian Professional Football League is deep into confusion after the League Management Company reinstated Giwa FC to the league in ...
The Nigerian Professional Football League is deep into confusion after the League Management Company reinstated Giwa FC to the league in compliance with the directives of a court order.
Giwa FC were initially expelled from the league after the LMC found the club guilty of breaching rules and regulations of the competition after they were absent from a total of three matches without acceptable reasons.
And the club’s reinstatement has not come without any confusion.
Take for example, River United. The South-South Club should be sitting on top of the league with their 1-0 Wednesday win over Heartland F.C but now the club finds themselves in third position behind Rangers and Wikki Tourists- who can take pole position should they win their game in-hand.
Such change in fortunes for Rivers United has seen head coach Stanley Eguma taking a jab at the organization asking if lessons were learnt in league management after the organization’s recent visit to Spain.
And for clubs who benefit from the Giwa’s reinstatement, they can have no complaints, most especially Rangers F.C who have gone top of the league.
Eguma would not be alone in the outcry. Abdullahi Biffo- former manager at Giwa FC now at Abia Warriors- has expressed concerns the new developments would bring to the league.
“The league will now have to stop for every team to play Giwa, it is a big disruption of the league”
The worst hit would be Kano Pillars who would feel they are at the end of a double whammy due to the changes. Not only has the club fallen down the league, Pillars would be unable to field Giwa players (Amos Gyan and Chris Madaki) in the remaining league matches as the LMC ordered players signed on the premise of Giwa’s expulsion should no longer be played by their new clubs.
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Recently, the Professional Footballers Union issued a statement frowning at the decision saying the order will have adverse effects on the well-being of the players affected.
The league was set for an exciting finish with an 18th placed team, although difficult, mathematically able to win the league with about six rounds of matches left to play. It is a pity that this recent “fix” with its spillovers can see the season extended with lengthy battles in courts.