Seven-time Nigeria Skilled Soccer League champions, Enyimba of Aba have denied any wrongdoing in fielding 'suspended' midfielder, Ikechukwu Ibenegbu in Sunday's 3-0 thrashing of Niger Tornadoes of Minna on Sunday in Calabar, Completesportsnigeria.com reviews.
The Individuals's Elephant, winners of the prestigeous CAF Champions League title twice in 2003 and 2004, admitted fielding the participant within the stated match however claimed they weren't communicated by the League Administration Firm as regards the suspension after the previous Heartland and Warri Wolves midfielder was suspended after choosing his fifth yellow card of the season in opposition to Akwa United.
"It's true that we fielded Ikechukwu Ibenegbu within the match in opposition to Niger Tornadoes. However that was for no additional judicial soccer causes as a result of we didn't know he was suspended and there was no official communication to that impact from the organisers of the league," Chief Anyansi Agwu, chairman of the Govt Committee of Enyimba said on Monday night.
"There isn't a method we, at our degree and expertise, might have taken such a big gamble, figuring out such participant was ineligible, even in our own residence recreation."
Niger Tornadoes had on Monday evening filed a petition to the league physique on Monday night, demanding that Enyimba be reprimanded for violating one of many important provisions of the principles of the competitors, demanding additionally that the outcome be upturned of their favour.
Articule C (5) of the LMC Guidelines and Framework stipulates that any membership that deliberately fielded a participant who has acquired 5 yellow playing cards will forfeit the match with three objectives and three factors. And the Minna outfit are urgent on the LMC to invoke this provision. However Anyansi reckons that it might quantity to mischief on the a part of Niger Tornadoes in the event that they acquired such notification from LMC as regards Ibenegbu's suspension however refused to make it accessible in the course of the pre-match assembly and even talk the match commissioner earlier than the match.
"It appears like they've a script properly written earlier than the sport," Anyansi stated.
"In any other case, how come they acquired a letter from LMC suspending considered one of our gamers with out making it accessible throughout pre match assembly?
"The match commissioner can also be presupposed to have a duplicate from LMC.
"We now have had situations the place our opponents gamers have been suspended however we have been those to current the letter, making the membership to drop such participant.
"As an example, after we traveled to Makurdi in opposition to Nasarawa United, considered one of their gamers was equally suspended and they didn't have the letter from LMC. After we introduced the letter throughout pre match assembly, they dropped the participant despite the fact that they'd listed him to begin the sport.
"There was additionally one other incidence after we have been taking part in our house video games in Port Harcourt. Kano Pillars got here with a letter from LMC that considered one of our gamers was ineligible for the sport and we dropped him.
"So why did Niger Tornadoes refuse to current the letter suspending Ibenegbu?
"Why did they've to attend until Monday morning earlier than notifying the match commissioner, submitting their protest and on the similar time paying the protest price?
"It sound humorous and appears one thing fishy. What do they wish to obtain?", Anyansi requested rhethorically.