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The football house has soft-pedaled on the decision of its Appeals Committee to banish the Afonja Warriors to Abuja after a formal protest

The Emergency Committee of the Nigeria Football Federation rose from a meeting on Thursday, October 10, 2013, saying it has decided to temper justice with mercy by ordering Kwara United FC of Ilorin to

Lokoja for its remaining home matches in the 2012/2013 Premier League season.

This follows a special appeal by the Ilorin-based club against the decision of the Nff Appeals Committee which, after deliberating on the Kwara United FC/Warri Wolves League match at its meeting of Thursday, October 3, 2013, banished the club to Abuja to play its remaining home matches. It also added to the forfeiture of three points and three goals and a fine of N3 million.

It was the unanimous position of the Emergency Committee that the penalty of forfeiture of three points and three goals and fine was in order, but that the club should play its remaining home matches in Lokoja on the premise of leniency.

In the special appeal letter dated October 8, 2013, the club humbly requested for consideration to play its home matches at home or in any other neighbouring state, as a result of “high cost of living in Abuja, and the financial commitment of match logistics, coupled with the financial challenges facing almost all government-financed clubs.”

Present at the meeting were Nff President, Aminu Maigari, vice President, Mike Umeh, Executive Committee members Emeka Inyama, Muazu Suleyman, Yusuf Ahmed Fresh, Ahmad Kawu, and General Secretary, Barrister Musa Amadu.

 Article 41 of the Nff Statutes contends, “The Emergency Committee shall deal with all matters requiring immediate settlement between two meetings of the Executive Committee. The Committee shall consist of the President of NFF and five (5) members chosen from the Executive Committee for a period of two (2) years.”

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