Crisis hits HIFL over UNIBEN expulsion

The newly-inaugurated Higher Institution Football League is in crisis over the expulsion of the University of Benin by the organisers of the football tourney.

When UNIBEN Royals hosted OAU Giants, it was learnt that the match was played under protest from OAU over an ineligible player fielded by the Benin institution. Subsequently, UNIBEN were found guilty and our correspondent learnt that the technical committee awarded three points and three goals to OAU for the fixture.

However, the Main Organising Committee for the tournament felt the technical committee was too lenient and so decided to disqualify UNIBEN outright.

Our correspondent learnt that the technical committee of the ongoing competition advised that UNIBEN Royals should be allowed to play the return leg slated for September 19 in Ife but the organisers, NUGA and the MOC ruled that UNIBEN remained disqualified.

UNIBEN kicked and argued that they were ready to honour the return leg of the last eight match to enable them fight for a semi-final slot.

It was also learnt that the MOC decided to do things on their own and not in accordance with the NFF and FIFA rules. It would also be recalled that when the technical committee referred the logjam to the NFF, the Glass House stated that the second leg match should be played.

On Tuesday, the organisers made moves to get referees for the semi-final encounter billed for today. According to the fixtures, OAU Giants are to host University of Agriculture, Makurdi in the first leg tie while the UAM Tillers will host the return on October 17.

The second semifinal is slated for the University of Ilorin Stadium between UNILORIN Warriors and the UNICAL Malabites. The second leg takes place in Calabar also on October 17.

However, it was learnt no referee was ready to honour the semis since the NFF has endorsed the decision of the technical committee to have UNIBEN play second leg with OAU.

As it is, confusion reigns supreme over whether or not the semifinals will take place today.

“This event started very well with so much funfair. It is a shame that some of the organisers are trying to destroy a brand that is just about to stand,” an official of one of the institution said on Monday.

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