Thursday, May 23, 2013
NFF BARS DOLPHINS, SHARKS FROM FEDERATION CUP
Nigeria Football Federation have disqualified Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) clubs, Sharks and Dolphins from the2013 Federation Cup.
NFF made it clear in a release that both clubs will be barred from taking part as the Rivers State Football Association (home federation of the two clubs) did not adhere to the regulations regarding the preliminaries of the competition.
“The 2013 preliminary matches of the Federation Cup were officiated by unqualified/registered referees. This therefore means that no preliminary matches were played in the state in accordance with the rules and regulations governing the competition,” the release signed by Mohammed Sanusi, Director of competitions NFF organising committee read.
Vice chairman of the Rivers State Football Association, Ominiokuma Kile has moved to explain that certified match referees were not contracted to officiate games in the Rivers State Federation Cup.
Kile said the Rivers FA did not have the funds to foot the bills of the referees.
“We could not foot the bills and we did not want to start going cap in hand to raise money for such,”
The release further stated that Sharks and Dolphins will subsequently be excluded from the draws of the 2013 Federation Cup.