NPL board to decide Ocean Boys fate this week

Acting Executive Secretary of the league body says only the board can decide what happens to the Yenagoa side

The fate of Ocean Boys who did not honour two consecutive Nigeria Premier League (NPL) games will be known this week when the board meets.

Tunji Babalola, Acting Executive Secretary of the league body told that the secretariat will recommend to the board the measures to take as stipulated in the rules governing the League.

“Article 4.23 clearly states what happens when a Premier League fails to honour two consecutive matches without cogent reasons,” Babalola said.

“The article says that if a club fails to give good reason for not going for a league for two weeks, the team will forfeit all points of games played and not played.

“But I must emphasise that only the board can decide what happens to Ocean Boys. Although the secretariat will make their recommendations, only the League board has the right to finally take the decision.

“This is the first time that such a time will happen in the league and we want to see what will happen. I am confident that any decision taken by the board will not have any adverse effect on any club in the League," Babalola added.

Ocean Boys have had to grapple with serious financial problems and could not honour some games in the League.

They failed to travel to Kano to take on Kano Pillars and just last week could not play against Kaduna United in Yenagoa and also in the same week did not go for their game against Wikki Tourists in Bauchi.

While some officials said they team has pulled out of the league, others are saying a decision will be taken soon.