NFF Appeal Committee Confirms Rivers United as Second Placed Club in NPFL Final Table
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The Appeal Committee of the Nigeria FDootball Federation, NFF, has thrown out the appeal by Kwara United against River United saying it lacked the “Locus Standi” to file the appeal in the first place.
The committee upheld that the earlier appeal by RIvers United by docking three points from Jigawa Golden Stars for fielding an ineligible player.
A letter signed by the Secretary of the committee, Okey Obi Esq, said the NFF is not a “Father Christmas” and must obey the rules governing the game.
The decision means that Rivers United now joins Akwa United in next season’s CAF Champions League while Enyimba FC drop to the CAF Confederation Cup.
Kwara United expresses dissatisfaction over Appeal Committee’s ruling
Meanwhile, Kwara United Football Club has expressed dissatisfaction over the ruling of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) Appeal Committee, on the issue between Jigawa Golden Stars and Rivers United, concerning the Matchday 34 encounter involving both teams.
Kwara United FC had ended the season with 65 points and plus 20 goals difference, which guarantees it a third place finish on the final NPFL table.
But the decision of the Disciplinary Committee of the NFF had awarded three points and three goals against Jigawa Golden Stars in favour of sixth placed Rivers United, and that decision ensured they ended above both Kwara United FC and Enyimba FC, to land in second place.
Jigawa Golden Stars had fielded an ineligible player who had accumulation of five yellow cards in their match against Rivers United FC in their adopted home in Kaduna, with the League Management Company (LMC) admitting not sending suspension notifications to Jigawa Golden Stars in respect of the concerned player.
In it’s ruling today, the Appeal Committee upheld the decision of the Disciplinary Committee, a decision that finally sealed the positions of the top three teams on the table if the 2020/2021 NPFL season, placing Kwara United FC in fourth position
But in a release by Kwara United FC, the club expressed dissatisfaction with the ruling of the Appeal Committee, and also questioned the one-sided attendance of the Committee, as well as the headship of the Appeal Committee.
According to the Chairman of Kwara United FC, Kumbi Titiloye, the Chairman of appeals Committee, Barrister Eddy Mark is an employee of Rivers State government, and would not be seen to have decided otherwise.
He also added that the Appeals Committee is not duly constituted because, since the new board of NFF was inaugurated, the Appeals Committee is not legal.
“Kwara United FC rejects this decision in its entirety and will put NFF on notice immediately before proceeding to Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS)”, he concluded.