Wednesday, October 28, 2015 8:13 am
The League Management Company (LMC) has fixed Nov. 4 as new date for the replay of a postponed 2014/2015 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) week 33 match.
The match is between FC IfeanyiUbah of Nnewi and El-Kanemi Warriors Football Club of Maiduguri.
The postponement came after El-Kanemi Warriors failed to honour the league encounter originally scheduled for Oct. 11 in Nnewi.
The game did not hold as the Maiduguri club failed to turn up, following the refusal of players to travel to honour the game over unpaid wages.
The LMC had earlier ordered that the match be replayed on Oct. 28.
Salihu Abubakar, LMC’s Chief Operating Officer (COO), told NAN that the new date was to give way for NPFL week 35 matches which were rescheduled because of the Nigeria-Burkina Faso match.
“We have moved the match’s replay from Oct. 28 to Nov. 4 and we have communicated to both teams on the new date since last week.
“This will allow the NPFL week 35 matches take place on Wednesday, Oct. 28 after they were rescheduled because of the Championship of African Nations (CHAN) qualifier between Nigeria and Burkina Faso,’’ he said.
Abubakar said LMC, as well as both clubs, have gotten over the controversies surrounding the possibility of a replay.
“El-Kanemi Warriors FC will bear the cost of organising the match to the tune of N2 million, having failed to promptly notify LMC and the home team of their inability to honour the match.
“The club will also pay N240,000 compensation to FC IfeanyiUbah, for loss of revenue accruing from the match,’’ the LMC official added.