NFF axes Rivers State teams from Federation Cup

The NFF gave two reasons for its action.

The two Rivers State teams meant to compete in the 2013 Federations Cup; Sharks FC and Dolphin FC of Port Harcourt have both been axed by the Nigeria Football Federation from the competition.

Rising from a meeting on Wednesday to look at the issues around the Rivers States conducted state preliminary finals, which produced the two teams , the NFF said it will not allow the Rivers Sate representatives to take part in this year’s National finals for two major reasons.

The NFF said it was able to establish that the Rivers State FA Cup matches were not handled by qualified referees while the Rivers FA was also found guilty of taking laws into their hands having unilaterally decided that the state finals will not hold and only informed the NFF of her decision not to solicit for permission to do forthwith.

“The 2013 preliminary matches of the Federation Cup were officiated by unqualified/ unregistered referees. This therefore means there were no preliminary matches played in the state in accordance to the rules and regulations of the competition” the statement from the NFF read in part.

The statement also stated that the Rivers State FA scribe only sent the federation a message saying they will not play their state final, so the NFF should note. The federation said such act was undermining and would lead to chaos if not punished since other states might want to tow same line.

It decided that the duo of Sharks FC and Dolphins FC, who have been representing Rivers Sate in the last fifteen years, will be excluded when the National draws for the Federation Cup is held.

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