Giwa FC picked their first point in the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL), after a 1-0 win over Enugu Rangers at the Rwan Pam Stadium on Wednesday.
The Jos-based side introduced their credentials to thousands of Glo Nigeria Premier League followers with an Edoh Ocheme’s goal in the 35th minute of the rescheduled Match Day 4 fixture.
John Obuh’s side pushed for an equaliser, maintaining a larger chunk of the possession in the second-half, but the hosts held on to a first win ever in the Nigeria top flight.
Giwa FC in Conditional Clearance
The LMC gave the fixture a go ahead on Tuesday night on reception of a formal letter of acknowledgment upon receipt of the letter of conditional approval as a pre-condition to be allowed to play.
Giwa FC was granted provisional approval to participate in the 2013/14 Glo Premier League season after substantially meeting four of the requirements listed by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) at its emergency meeting that reviewed their appeal alongside the other side initially ruled out of the ongoing campaign, Nembe City.
The League Management Company (LMC) also confirmed that the club and its associates had discontinued matters and litigation in court against the body- one of the four conditions the two banned clubs were to meet within seven days of the NFF decision to be eligible for participation.
“The LMC can confirm that Plateau State Football Association officials have provided us evidence of discontinuance of cases filed against the LMC by associates of Giwa FC. This evidence has been verified by our Lawyers”, Salisu Abubakar, the LMC Chief Operating Officer, stated in a statement.
Other conditions to be met on or before June 24 in line with the ruling of the NFF emergency meeting includes the submission of N25m performance guarantee, submission of new contract documents with the players indicating compliance with the N150, 000 minimum wage with verifiable proof of payment, provision of a proper lease agreement with the owners of the Rwang Pam Stadium in Jos, and all other registration requirements as provided for in the minimum registration conditions. .
On the need to embark on stadium upgrade to correct defects observed by LMC Stadium inspectors, the LMC statement warned: “Note that failure to comply with any of the requirements by Match Day 9 will result in your stadium being banned and your team moved to another venue and or points deduction as provided for in the rules and regulations”, LMC warned in the letter.”
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