The threat of expulsion from the league again hangs over Giwa players as they look set to stay away from today’s Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) match against Akwa United in Ilorin, where the Jos club has been banished to after crowd trouble at the Rwang Pam Stadium in Jos.
Giwa has already failed to honour a game in Ilorin, against Wikki Tourists, who has since been awarded the match.
The Jos club will be missing two matches if it failed to turn up for today’s match against Akwa United.
Giwa also have a home game left to play in Ilorin to complete the sanctions slapped on the team for crowd trouble during the Rangers match.
According to the rules of the league, a team will be thrown out of the competition should they miss a total of three matches without an acceptable reason.
A player of the club informed AfricanFootball.com yesterday that he along with the other players are still in Jos and are not sure if they will travel to Ilorin for the game against Akwa United.
“I can’t really tell you anything about the game, but we the players are confused right now because we are still in Jos now (6:10pm Tuesday),” one of the Giwa players informed AfricanFootball.com .
“Nobody has given us any information if we are going for the match or not.”
Meanwhile, FC IfeanyiUbah centre-back Chibuzor Okonkwo has said his side will not drop any more points in their remaining matches left on the league calendar.
The Nnewi outfit will host Lobi Stars in a midweek Nigerian top-flight Match-day 16 clash in Nnewi.
Okonkwo said his side has shifted their attention to the match against the Pride of Benue after the 0-2 thumping at Akwa United.
“We are not dropping any more points at home or away in our remaining matches.
“One point from a possible nine in our immediate past three matches is not a good scorecard for us.
“We want to return to winning ways once again, starting with the match-up on Wednesday against Lobi Stars.
“After the defeat at Akwa United we told ourselves that we must get it right against Lobi Stars,” said the former Enugu Rangers strongman to supersport.com.
FC IfeanyiUbah is seventh on the 20-team top flight on 23 points, five points behind leaders and neighbours Enugu Rangers.
MATCH DAY 16
Elkanemi v Kano Pillars
Ikorodu Utd v Plateau Utd
Sunshine v Rangers
Shooting v W’Wolves
Rivers Utd v Wikki
Nasarawa v A’ Warriors
Giwa v Akwa Utd
IfeanyiUbah v Lobi
MFM v Enyimba
Tornadoes v Heartland
First published on: This Day Live, 11.05.16