Thursday, April 03, 2014

Nembe City return to NPFL

Troubled Nembe City have been handed provisional approval by the League Management Company (LMC) to take part in the 2013/14 Glo Premier League season.

However, City will have to acknowledge in writing that they have agreed and understood the conditions handed to them in a letter of admittance before they are allowed to kick a ball this term.

The deadline to send the written acknowledgement for Nembe City has been pegged at 12 noon this Friday, which will determine if the club will be allowed to play from Match Day 5 of the league at Akwa United this Sunday.

LMC's letter from the office of its chief operating officer, Salihu Abubakar, to Nembe City chairman Ebiakpo Rumson clearly stated that they had partially met the conditions set by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) emergency committee meeting to allow them to be re-admitted to the league.

The LMC letter also pointed out inconsistency in the documents submitted by City and directed them to correct them before Match Day 9 of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL).

The league body was particular about the irregular signature of City chairman on separate documents they submitted for registration.

The signatures of Mrs Rumson is said to be irregular on the letter of allegiance and letter of appeal.

“Nembe City is required to duly fill and submit LMC Form 17 (list of authorised signatories) to LMC,” the letter read.

The LMC, however, disclosed that the club submitted a letter from Krisdera Hotel permitting them to use the Krisdera Hotel Stadium for their home matches.

But the LMC is demanding that City submit "a proper lease agreement with Krisdera Hotel" for the use of the stadium.

“However, Nembe City is required to submit by Match Day 9 a proper lease agreement with Krisdera Hotel in line with the LMC recommended lease agreement and minimum conditions assuring priority of use on match days and granting unrestricted access,” the LMC stated.

The LMC also stated that City declared they are not involved in any court case against the NFF and the league apex body but however noted that “the letter failed to categorically dissociate Nembe City activities from Rumson Baribote who is serving a 15-year ban by the NFF and is in clear contravention of the rules, currently pursuing several court cases against the football authorities including the LMC.”

The management company also acknowledged that Baribote's name was not among the list of board members of the club and that his name has been removed from the official stationery of the club.

“Accordingly, the LMC will henceforth deal and communicate with only those officials whose names Nembe City has submitted to it in all matters pertaining to the club’s participation in the league, subject to NFF directive on imposition of sanction of three points and three goals in event of a breach of the club’s obligation not to associate with persons banned from football activities by NFF, Caf or Fifa,” the LMC warned.

Nembe City are also to meet requirement on provision of performance guarantee on or before June 24 or face sanctions of points deduction.

City also face being directed to host their home games outside of the nominated Krisdera Hotel Stadium should they fail to upgrade facilities at the venue as may be directed by the LMC.

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