By Wale Mustapha
The board of Nigeria National League, NNL has wielded its heavy sticks on both Gateway United and Malumfashi FC by expelling from participating in the 2023/2024 league following their failure to meet up with registration requirements, nigeriafootball.ng report.
In a circular shared the media department of the league on Thursday and signed by the Chief Operating Officer, COO of NNL, Dr. Ayo Abdulrahman, the expulsion was in line with article 3.5 01 of the NNL framework.
Dr. Abdulrahman noted that the league body was concerned with the inability of the teams to meet their financial obligations to the NNL, and fulfill other club licensing conditions for the 2023/2024 league season.
” This was after our several waiver through our circulars on the subject on conditions participation.”
The Scribe said the compulsory payment of registration was agreed upon at the NNL Annual General Meeting held in Jos, Plateau State.
This he said is in accordance with circulars 265, 267, 270 on conditions for participation, and the NNL rule book as cardinal prerequisite for participation in the NNL.
“Regrettably, after the expiration of the official grace period, and subsequent telephone reminders Malumfashi FC of Katsina and Gateway Utd FC of Ogun State have failed to comply with registration requirements, which indicate their Inability to participate after league has commenced.
“In view of the foregoing and in line with the provisions of the NNL rule book articles 2.1. the League body hereby invokes its articles on Gateway United FC and Malumfashi FC from participating in the 2023/2024 League season.”
He said that they however have the right to appeal to the Disciplinary Committee of the Nigeria Football Federation within 48 hours on receipt of the letter.