Our
attention has been drawn to the sad events that led to the
abandonment of the opening game of the 2016/2017 NPFL season between
Kano Pillars and FC Ifeanyi Ubah on the 14th of January, 2017 at the
Sani Abacha Stadium, Kano. After extensive investigations into the
occurrences that culminated in the disappointing start of the Nigeria
Professional Football League, the Management of FC Ifeanyi Ubah has
arrived at the following findings:

1.
That the Team Manager, Mr. Jonathan Igwe in a rather autocratic and
unprofessional manner took laws into his hands by dishing out orders
to the team without due recourse to the statutes and ethics of the
game.

2.
That his actions were borne out of an uncontrollable emotion owing to
his perceived antagonistic behaviour of the centre referee who he
claimed allowed a goal that was flagged offside by the linesman to
stand against us and disallowing a legitimate goal scored by FC
Ifeanyi Ubah via a direct freekick deep into stoppage time of the
first half.

3.
That he is deeply remorseful for his actions and the role he played
in the eventual abandonment of the match between Kano Pillars and our
darling club, FC Ifeanyi Ubah at the Sani Abacha Stadium which also
resulted in him being given a red card by the centre referee. In view
of the aforementioned, the club has reached the following decisions:

1.
That the Team Manager Mr. Jonathan Igwe is suspended for four (4)
football matches with immediate effect and will forfeit one (1) month
salary/allowances for his unprofessionalism and role in the eventual
abandonment of the match.

2.
That the Team Manager is not to be seen in the venue of any FC
Ifeanyi Ubah match during the period of his suspension.

3.
That the Team Manager is mandated to issue a letter of apology and
promise of good conduct to the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and
the organisers of the NPFL, the League Management Company (LMC)
within 72 hours.

4.
That the Team Manager is also to issue a written unreserved apology
letter to the club and its teeming fans. The Management of FC Ifeanyi
Ubah hereby tenders an unreserved apology to the Nigeria Football
Federation (NFF) and the League Management Company (LMC) for the
outcome of the match between Kano Pillars and FC Ifeanyi Ubah which
was supposed to be a befitting curtain raiser for the 2016/2017 NPFL
season.

Our
most sincere and heartfelt apology goes out to the President of the
Nigeria Football Federation, Mr. Amaju Pinnick and the Chairman of
the League Management Company, Mallam Shehu Dikko who has done so
much in promoting the NPFL while raising the standards of the league
and football in Nigeria.

We
also wish to apologise to all important dignitaries, especially the
Governor of Kano State, H.E. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, the Management
of Kano Pillars, the good people of Kano State, Chairmen of various
State FAs, sponsors of the NPFL and members of the press who were
present to witness the match.

Finally,
may we use this medium to apologise to our teeming fans and football
lovers all over Nigeria and around the world for the disappointing
display that has brought the name of the beautiful game to disrepute.
This is highly regrettable and we wish to state categorically that we
would do everything within our powers to make sure that such
occurrence does not repeat itself.

The
club condemns explicitly the unprofessional conduct of Mr. Jonathan
Igwe and believe that the sanctions imposed on the Team Manager will
serve as a severe deterrent to the entire management and playing
staff of the club. FC Ifeanyi Ubah vows to uphold the statutes and
tenets of the beautiful game we love so much.

Thank
you and God bless.

Signed
for: FC Ifeanyi Ubah.
Mr.
Chukwuma Ubah.

Chairman.

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