El-Kanemi to lose six points over play­ers’ debts

Daily Trust - - SPORT - By Mike Oboh @obo­h_mike

The League Man­age­ment Com­pany (LMC) yesterday warned that it would deduct six points from El-Kanemi War­riors’ ac­cu­mu­lated points in the on­go­ing Nige­ria Premier League if the club fail to meet the dead­line set for it to set­tle the out­stand­ing salaries owed its play­ers.

Dis­clos­ing this yesterday, the league or­ga­niz­ing body said that the club has been no­ti­fied of the de­ci­sion fol­low­ing the ex­pi­ra­tion of the grace pe­riod given to its own­ers to pay the play­ers and tech­ni­cal crew their sev­eral months of un­paid salaries.

LMC Chief Op­er­at­ing Of­fi­cer, Al­haji Sal­ihu Abubakar said the club will lose six points from their present ac­cu­mu­lated 45 points if the own­ers fail to meet its fi­nan­cial com­mit­ment to the play­ers within the next 14 days.

Ac­cord­ing to Sal­ihu, the de­ci­sion on El-Kanemi War­riors was con­veyed to the club in a let­ter dated Oc­to­ber 7 and warned that if there was no proof of com­pli­ance af­ter Oc­to­ber 27, the club will lose six points.

While the 60 days no­tice lasted, the LMC also write to El-Kanemi de­mand­ing full de­tails of the club’s fi­nan­cial po­si­tion as pro­vided in the LMC rules, which re­sponse was not sat­is­fac­tory. A no­tice of re­minder of ex­piry of the dead­line was also sent to the club which formed the ba­sis for the de­ci­sion to deduct six points from the club’s to­tal points.

Sal­ihu in the let­ter ex­plained that the de­ci­sion was se­quel to no­tice of Sum­mary Ju­ris­dic­tion (Form 16) is­sued the club on Au­gust 5 wherein El-Kanemi War­riors was given a pe­riod of 60 days to rem­edy the breach. The club was in­formed that the con­se­quences of their fail­ure to rem­edy the breach are:

“A de­duc­tion of six points is im­posed on El-Kanemi War­riors” and that “the ap­pli­ca­tion of the points de­duc­tion re­ferred in 1 above is sus­pended for a pe­riod of 14 clear work­ing days from the date of this de­ci­sion pro­vided that if the club fails to rem­edy the breach within the pe­riod, the points de­duc­tion shall im­me­di­ately take ef­fect from Oc­to­ber 28, 2015”.

El-Kanemi FC, who are presently placed 13th on the league ta­ble with 43points will drop to the rel­e­ga­tion zone if the club failto meet the dead­line.

Warri Wolves, FC Taraba, and Dol­phins are other clubs that have been is­sued no­tices of Sum­mary Ju­ris­dic­tion (Form 16) with dead­lines that fall within the month of Oc­to­ber.

John Obi Mikel of Nige­ria con­trols the ball against Reza Ghoochan­nejhad of Iran dur­ing the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group F match be­tween Iran and Nige­ria at Arena da Baix­ada on June 16, 2014 in Cu­ritiba, Brazil. PHOTO Getty Im­ages

Shehu Dikko, LMC Chair­man

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