The League Management Company (LMC) has said that Nembe City were allowed to play their home games at the Krisdera Stadium, Omoku, so they can appeal the banishment to Benin.
The Chief Operating Officer, COO, of the LMC, Salihu Abubakar, who made this known, said the appeal will be heard by the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, Organising and Disciplinary Committee.
He said the decisions of the League body on disciplinary matters are never final but subject to the ruling of the relevant organ of the NFF.
He also disclosed a second consideration which arose from concerns raised by the Edo State Football Association over the logistic challenges of hosting the match. He noted that given the timing of the Edo State response, it was not possible to move the match to any other venue with the away team already on their way for Match Day 29 fixtures.
“We have consistently stated that our decisions are preliminary rulings that are subject to that of the NFF Committee, specifically, the Organising and Disciplinary Committee, remarked Abubakar, adding, “this explains why we always state that our rulings are without prejudice to whatever decision the NFF may arrive at on disciplinary matters”.
The COO continued, “We were also informed by the Edo FA that they lacked the logistics to host another guest club in addition to Bayelsa United that are already playing their home games in Benin. At this point, it was not going to be workable to contact another state FA and still have weekend match played as proposed especially with the away team already on the road.”
The LMC affirmed that it remains committed to applying the rules firmly at all times within the ambit of its powers as stipulated in the NFF statute.