Giwa Football club of Jos on Wednesday failed to show up for their Nigeria Professional Premier League match against Akwa United at the Ilorin Township Stadium, thereby facing expulsion for the league.
After waiting for the Giwa FC players and officials to arrive at the match venue scheduled for 4pm, the match officials performed the work-over formalities and awarded Akwa United the three goals and three points.
The team which previously missed the last two league matches against Enugu Rangers and Wikki Tourists respectively, later showed up at the weekend in Umuahia for their NPFL Match Day 15 tie against Abia Warriors on Sunday which they lost 1-0.
LMC rules in Article 13.27 stipulate that “If a club fails to honour two consecutive matches without an acceptable reason to LMC, such a club shall be expelled from the league.
It states in Article 13.28 that “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.
It was gathered that the owner of the club, Chris Giwa, who prevented the team from travelling to both Abuja for the completion of the Rangers’ tie and Ilorin where they failed to honour their home tie against Wikki Tourists, plans to appease the LMC.
They were banished to Ilorin because of the unruly behavior of their fans in Jos during their tie against the Rangers in a NPFL Match Day 12 affair.
It would be recalled the League Management Company (LMC) on April 20 fined Giwa Football Club of Jos the sum of N5million and ordered the club to play their next three home matches at the Ilorin Township Stadium for abandonment of the Match Day 12 fixture between the club and Rangers.
The LMC later issued Giwa FC with a Summary Jurisdiction Notice containing six separate breaches of the Nigeria Professional Football League Framework and Rules and accordingly sanctioned the club on each count while the club’s Media Officer, David King, was fined N100, 000 for breach of Clauses 1.1 and 1.5 of the code of conduct for club
Some supporters of the club disrupted the fixture severally by hauling dangerous objects on the field aimed at the Second Assistant Referee forcing the Referee to finally call off the match on the 74th minute
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