The Disciplinary Committee of the Nigeria Football Federation has ratified the decision of the League Management Company which expelled Giwa FC from the Nigeria Premier League after they failed to honour three matches this season.
Giwa FC were banished to Ilorin to play three home games after wild fans disrupted a league game involving the home team and Rangers in May. However, the team did not travel to Ilorin to play the ‘home’ games but elected to travel for away games at other venues.
The committee which sat in Abuja on Monday found Giwa 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.”
The committee noted that despite being given the opportunity to appear before the panel to defend themselves, Giwa failed to show up. The NFF body also upheld the N10m fine imposed on the team in line with the NPFL Frame Work and Rules.
Giwa will also pay N650,000 as expenses for match officials as well as N1m to Enyimba for expenses they incurred for the Match Day 18 fixture.
But as the club managers deal with their expulsion, four players of the team have been cleared to play for Kano Pillars in the second round of the 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.