Points deduction leave Premiership trio in a fix

NIGERIA league mgtBy AUGUSTINE OSAYANDE
ABUJA, (CAJ News) – THE decision by the League Management Company (LMC) to dock Dolphins, Warri Wolves and Taraba Football Clubs of six points has left the three teams in a quandary.

The custodian of the local game has deducted the points off the teams for failing to pay money owed to players and managers.

The league body, in its words, said the clubs had failed to liquidate all financial indebtedness.

Following the decision, Warri’s title ambitions have taken a huge knock after they drop to joint fourth on the standings. Before the punishment, they were second on 59 points, three behind leaders, Enyimba with four
matches to play.

Taraba have also borne the brunt of the punishment. Already precariously placed 19th in the 20-team log, they may as well kiss goodbye any prospects of playing in the league next season. The six-point deduction sees them drop to the bottom of the league with no chance of maintaining their league status.

Dolphins may have dropped to 18th with the deduction but with 32 points, their relegation woes have mounted.

They have to play the last four games as if their lives depend on it.

LMC showed no mercy to the affected sides.

“The six points deduction referred to is suspended for a period of 14 clear working days and the points deduction shall immediately come into effect from the date of this decision provided that if the club fails to
remedy the breach within the period,” LMC Chief Operating Officer, Salihu Abubakar Abubakar, said.

CAJ News

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