The Local Organising Committee of the MTN Lagos street soccer tournament, during the week, wielded the big stick against some teams for fielding ineligible players as well as match-fixing, as the tournament enters round two this weekend.
The arbitration panel of the LOC of the competition chaired by FIFA-licensed match commissioner Mr. Austin Akosa disqualified Benson and Arizona Streets from taking part in the championship.
According to Akosa, Benson fielded an ineligible player, which he said contravened section 14 of eligibility clause of the competition.
“Benson Street fielded a player, who had featured for a national league club--Flaming Flamingoes of Lagos in 2003. The player in question confirmed that he had played for the said amateur team and after thorough consideration of the protest brought by Olowoyele Street and listening to both teams, it was discovered that the player was ineligible,” he said.
He added: “Last year’s runners up, Ajao Jimoh protested against Arizona Street following a match-fixing issue with Akinshina Street. The protest was genuine and Arizona was also kicked out of the tournament. We are also using this to caution other teams not to bring the competition into disrepute and abide by the rules as LOC is poised to sanitise the competition by making it cheat free.”