Saturday, February 11, 2012

Eguma to contest suspension

Dolphins' manager, Stanley Eguma has told that he will appeal his suspension from all football related activities in Nigeria for five years.

Eguma was handed a five-year ban after the Organising and Disciplinary Committee of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) found him guilty of match-fixing owing to a petition from Lobi Stars' vice chairman, Dominic Iorfa.

The Dolphins' head coach refused to comment any further when prodded on to speak on Wednesday's ruling by the NFF committee.

"All I can say is that I am appealing (the decision). For now I have nothing much than that to say," Eguma disclosed.

Apart from Eguma, two referees, Chrisantus Okoro and CID Duruma as well as the Rivers State referees council boss, Ere Dokubo and one Devine Benjamin got five years ban each from all football related activities in the country.

Dolphins and Sunshine Stars were heavily fined the sums of N10 million (about $62,500) and N20 million ($125,000) respectively.

Sunshine Stars' general manager, Mike Idoko and Iorfa escaped with warnings owing to their pre-match behaviour before last season's clash between Lobi Stars and Sunshine Stars in Bauchi on September 1, 2011.

The NFF organising and disciplinary committee said it acted "in accordance with Article 4.5 (1)(1) of the 2010/2011 Rules and Regulations of the Nigeria Premier League."

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