Nigerian Premier League club, Kano Pillars, have appealed the fines levied against them by the League Management Company (LMC), following the complaints of Nasarawa United over the signing of Coach Mohammed Baba-Ganaru.
The LMC had fined Kano Pillars and Baba-Ganaru for breaching the rules during the movement of the coach from Nasarawa United to Kano Pillars.
Ganaru’s sanction includes the payment of a fine of 200,000 Naira, forfeiture of one month salary to Nasarawa United and a further forfeiture of five million Naira, being 50 per cent of his sign-on fees, as agreed in his contract with Nasarawa United for the 2014/2015 season.
Kano Pillars, on the other hand, were fined 500,000 Naira and were also directed to pay two million Naira as compensation to the Nasarawa side within two weeks.
In reaction, Ganaru said: “To the best of my knowledge, everything went well in the transaction”.
However, the spokesman of Kano Pillars, Idris Malikawa, claimed the club had followed due process in the acquisition of the coach.
“We did everything right. We have written to the LMC to explain our part of the transaction. I cannot disclose the content of the letter. Only the LMC can tell you (the press) our response. Nasarawa United have complained and we responded before the expiration of the 48 hours given by the LMC,” Malikawa said.
The Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) has recorded an impressive 19 away victories this season, with Enyimba of Aba securing a 2-1 away win over Rangers.
Despite the victory, the Aba team are still second on the log and that is because Sunshine Stars battled to a 2-1 win over Taraba FC to maintain their lead.
Gbenga Ogunbote’s Shooting Stars returned to winning ways, beating El-kanemi Warriors 2-1 in Ibadan, while Kwara United kept their fine form with a 3-1 victory over Giwa FC.
Current champions, Kano Pillars, earned a vital point away from home after a hard fought 3-3 draw against Lobi Stars.
Also, Abia Warriors beat FC Ifeanyi Ubah by a lone goal; Nasarawa United also beat Dolphins 1-0; and the match between Akwa United and Bayelsa United ended 1-0 in favour of Akwa United.
Glo Premier League Champions, Kano Pillars, have engaged the services of former Enyimba FC boss, Okey Emordi, for the upcomimg 2013/2014 season.
Emordi, who left Enugu Rangers during the 2012/2013 season following disagreement with club’s management, signed a one-year contract with Kano Pillars.
Kano Pillars have been without a substantive coach since November 2013, following the exit of Mohammed Baba-Ganaru to Nasarawa United.
The 2004 African Coach of the Year has been handed the mandate of achieving success with Kano Pillars in the domestic league and the CAF Champion’s League.
Emordi will be assisted by his former assistant at Enyimba, Abdullahi Maikaba and Ex-Nigerian international, Kabiru Baleria.
Relegated Shooting Stars Football Club of Ibadan goalkeeper, Dele Ajiboye has completed a transferred deal to Nasarawa United.
The former Nigeria Olympic International, Ajiboye revealed to Channels Television that he is thrilled with the deal.
“I have joined Nasarawa United, the deal has been sealed and I am happy with it. I am looking forward for unity of purpose in the team and great things with Nasarawa United,” Ajiboye told Channels Sports.
With this move, Ajiboye will reunite with the goalkeeper trainer of the Olympic team, Alloy Agu.
He was already training at Sunshine Stars Onitsha camp before he decided to move on to Lafia when no deal was made.
He has played for Prime FC, Wikki Tourists and Spanish club Pontevedra CF.