Ocean Boys expelled from Nigeria Premier League

Ocean boys football club say they failed to honour four matches in the league due to lack of funds.

The dillydally around troubled Ocean Boys Football club has finally been cleared as the Nigeria Premier League (NPL) management announced that the Brass, Bayelsa based team has been expelled from the Nigeria Premier League.

Ocean Boys failed to honor four consecutive matches in the league blaming lack of funds for their decision. According to the NPL rules, a team stands expelled once it fails to honour two matches without a justified reason.

However while many expected the NPL to take prompt action, it was foot dragging on the issue, which led to three journalist suing the NPL.

After an emergency meeting of the NPL board in Abuja, Wednesday evening, the NPL in a communiqué made available to PREMIUM TIMES confirmed that Ocean Boys have been expelled from the League.

The board unanimously evoked article 4.2(3) of the NPL which states that “if a club fails to honour two consecutive matches without an acceptable reason, such a club shall be expelled from the league and its matches played and un-played shall be cancelled”

“Therefore, Ocean Boys FC stands expelled and its matches, played and un-played summarily cancelled” the communiqué read.

The implication of the latest decision is that Kano Pillars may have emerged Champions of the 2011-2012 Nigeria Premier League season.

The decision of the NPL committee would leave Pillars with 60 points after the four points they got from Ocean Boys are deducted; Lobi Stars, who earned six points from Ocean Boys will be left with 57 points with a game left to play.

For Lobi to emerge Champions, Pillars would have to lose their last game away to Sunshine Stars, while Lobi must defeat Kaduna United in Kaduna by as much as 10 goals.

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Tunde Eludini is a graduate of the Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife, Nigeria where he studied International Relations. He is a Senior Correspondent coordinating the sports section for PREMIUM TIMES. Twitter@tundeyeludini

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