Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Nembe City fight expulsion

Nembe City have written to the Nigerian lower house, the House of Representatives, to intervene in their expulsion from the country's premier division.

City and Giwa FC were thrown out of the Glo Premier League for failing to meet substantial minimum requirement that included failure to meet the minimum wage cap and medical certification of their players.

Expelled Nembe City wrote to the House of Representatives Committee on Sports chaired by Godfrey Gaiya to "intervene" in the matter of their expulsion.

Gaiya has said the sports committee of the lower house will look into the matter concerning Nembe City's expulsion from the Glo Premier League.

He added that he "also got a call from the proprietor of Giwa FC" over his club also being expelled for failure to meet substantial minimum requirement.

“There are other issues we are looking into, not only that of Nembe City FC; I also got a call from the proprietor of Giwa FC, saying the same thing too.

“Giwa’s complaint is that he cannot afford to pay N150,000 (around $930) as minimum wage for the players and I was wondering whether the LMC has the power to fix a minimum pay for a club.

“We are going to look into that; we don’t want to be pre-emptive about it but we want to look at the terms of reference to know if they have the powers they are now applying. We will make a pronouncement after this examination.

“If privately owned clubs in the elite league in Nigeria are having challenges like we have seen in the case of Nembe City and Giwa FC, then the future does not look good for private ownership of clubs.

“Owning a club is a capital project; it is a business and it is all about demand and supply. I don’t think that putting a ceiling on what a club should pay players is good enough.

“You should allow clubs to go after the kind of players they can afford and when the players feel they have a better market value elsewhere, they can go to where their quality can be appreciated,” Gaiya was quoted by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) as saying to journalists in Abuja.

Supersport.com has been informed that the League Management Company (LMC), the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and the two clubs will be invited to meet with the House of Representatives Committee on Sports on the matter this week.

On the other hand, the executive committee of club chairmen and managers in Nigeria's premier division has invited Giwa FC and Nembe City to a meeting this Tuesday following their expulsion from the league.

Acting secretary for the club chairmen and managers in Nigeria's premier division, Alloy Chukwuemeka, said the meeting will listen to the two teams in order to seek proper understanding of the situation and to advise properly.

The 2013/14 season of the Glo Premier League kicked off on Saturday.

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