Olawale Ajimotokan in Abuja
The Disciplinary Committee of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) has upheld the expulsion of Giwa FC from the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).
The NFF announced its decision in a communiqué monday after the sitting of the committee in Abuja. No Giwa FC official attended the sitting.
In its ruling, the Disciplinary Committee upheld the May 3, 2016 decision of the League Management Company to expel Giwa FC for failing to play three matches involving Wikki Tourists, Akwa United and Enyimba.
The committee finds Giwa FC in breach of Rule B13.28 of the NPFL Frame Work and Rules which states that “ If a club fails to honour three matches cumulatively within the League season without an acceptable reason to the LMC such a club shall be expelled from the League and its matches played and unplayed shall be cancelled”.
Additionally, Giwa has been fined N10 million for staying away from the league match against Enyimba without an acceptable reason.
The Jos-based club is to also pay Enyimba a million Naira to offset its expenses and another N650,000 for the match officials.
Meanwhile, four players of expelled Giwa FC have been cleared to play for Kano Pillars in the second round of the Nigeria league, according to officials.
The players are Charles Henlong, Amos Gyang, Chris Madaki and goalkeeper Olorunleke Ojo.
“We have got the clearance of four players of Giwa to play for us,” Pillars Spokesman Idris Malikawa told AfricanFootball.com
Henlong, Gyang and Madaki had agreed personal terms with Pillars before the start of this season, but could not join up with the Kano club because they still had their contracts running at Giwa.
However, the expulsion of the club has released the players to Pillars on a free transfer.
Pillars have also signed striker Razaq Adegbite from Sunshine Stars, King Osanga from Warri Wolves as well as central defender Emman Ambrose from Kaduna United.
Eight players were also placed on transfer by Pillars.
Giwa FC has until 48 hours to appeal the decision.