Giwa FC and Nembe City have been dropped from the 2013/14 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season after failing to substantially comply with the minimum registration requirements.
The League Management Company, the body in charge of the Glo Premier League, have certified 18 clubs for the new season due to kick-off this Friday.
The decision was announced Thursday by the LMC through the Chief Operating Officer (COO), Salihu Abubakar who disclosed that the other 18 clubs substantially met the requirements and received provisional approvals to compete in the league.
“Since the deadline for submission of registration form closed 48 hours ago, we have been scrutinizing the registration materials returned by the clubs and can now state that Nembe City and Giwa FC are in substantial default of the minimum requirements to participate in the Premier League this season. They have consequently been withdrawn from the fixture and all matches involving both Clubs are cancelled”, Abubakar said in Abuja.
The LMC insists that the registration requirements are based on licensing principles that promotes the development of the league for the benefit of the clubs. “This is the first step towards bringing our clubs to meet the conditions prescribed in the Nigeria Football Federation Club Licensing Regulation which recently came into force.