BY GODWIN AIKIGBE
Yobe Desert Stars will surely be made to face the punishment from the NNL rule book for their late withdrawal from Bet9ja Super Four, which kicked off Sunday at the Agege Stadium in Lagos.
The Chief Operating Officer of Bet9ja Nigeria National League , Lawrence Katken said this in a release by the league body, describing the act as unacceptable.
He stated that all clubs meant to participate in the tournament were duly informed, as he expressed displeasure over Yobe’s last-minute withdrawal.
He said: ‘Teams were duly informed about our traditional Super four long before now, we kept in touch with them frequently, Yobe do not have any excuse, they cannot discredit our League, the rule will obviously be applied’
‘I don’t think it will take the shine off the Big four tournament because Remo Stars is a team that has the snare for professional football and coming down to the NNL, would want to try to see if they can sustain it.
‘Remo Stars have been invited to fill the vacuum created by Yobe Desert Stars’.
The secretariat is ready that is why we invited everybody to come to Lagos knowing full well how important Lagos State is to Sports .Here we expect the best and Lagos State will enjoy good football.’
In the opening day at the Soccer Temple on Sunday, Go-Round FC OF Omoku defeated Kwara United 4-2 on penalties after a barren regulation time.
Southern Conference top guns, Heartland FC of Owerri will play Remo Stars in a match that has been tagged the Titans clash on Monday 8 January.
The competition which is on knockout basis would have the winners of the first round playing in the final.
Third-place match takes place on Tuesday, 9th January by 2pm with the final match holding at 4pm.
Kastina United were the Champions of the last edition held in Gombe at Pantami International Stadium under coach Bala Nkiyu.