Ocean Boys to ask for their first two fixtures to be postponed

The relegated National League outfit have said they would write a letter demanding that their early fixtures be shifted due to their late reinstatement to the lower division
National League side Ocean Boys have told Goal.com that they would write a letter to the Nigeria National League board asking to be excused from the first two weeks of action in the league against the backdrop of the late reinstatement of the club to competition.

Ocean Boys were expelled from the Nigeria Premier League and were not allowed to conclude the 2011/12 season owing to spurious charges but the recent Annual General Assembly (AGA) of the NFF upheld the decision suggested at the last NPL congress to lift the ban on the troubled team.

But with the NNL season for 2012/13 starting on Saturday 22nd December, Eddy Ohis the media officer of the club has argued it would be practically impossible for Ocean Boys to field a strong team that would be able to give a good account of itself with barely a week of intensive training prior to the commencement.

He disclosed that the club was at an advanced stage to write a letter to the NNL for the lower league's organisers to excuse the club from the first two matches for them to raise a formidable team.

Ohis thanked the NFF and other football stakeholders for listening to the cry of the club that it was unfairly kicked out of the NPL by alleged forces who were bent on seeing Ocean Boys become extinct.

"I am using this opportunity to say that we thank God for the NPL congress and the NFF for reinstating us back. They listened to our cries and they looked at it very well and discovered that last season's NPL was about the worst organised league season in the country's history.

"We were victim of a league that was poorly managed. Be that as it may, we are back in the NNL and we will prepare. We are in this business and it shouldn't take a long time to bring a good team together.

"The most important is getting the finances to work with to get quality players. For us the time for the start of the NNL is so short for us. We will write a letter to the NNL to appeal maybe for our first two matches to be moved to a later date. We have not deliberated on that for now until after the finishing of the registration process in Abuja.

"Officially the club will resume on Monday to prepare. If we are in the business of football, it should be noted that 4 or 5 days are not enough to raise a crack squad that will play a professional league in Nigeria National League. We need time to train together to get a solid team," Ohis disclosed.

He nonetheless said that if their appeal proved to be unsuccessful, Ocean Boys will resort to their plan B as they seek an instant return to the top flight at the end of the season.

Ocean Boys are scheduled to play Abia Warriors in Umuahia in a Week One  encounter on Saturday before hosting debutants, Bolowotan FC in Yenagoa in the Week 2.