NPFL bans administrators from technical bench

Edwin  - CEO March 20, 2024
Updated 2024/03/20 at 8:23 PM
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Sani vs Enyimba Image credit: NPFL
Sani vs Enyimba Image credit: NPFL

Warns against delays by ball boys

In another step to ensure a successful conclusion of the 2023/24 Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL) season, which is nearing its final stretch, the league organizers have again issued two practice directives to guard against disruptive conduct, NPFL reports.


In two separate memos to clubs signed by Davidson Owumi, the NPFL Chief Operating Officer, protocols for sitting on the technical bench and the proper conduct of Ball Boys were addressed.


Frowning at the observed deviation from the established protocol for using the technical bench, the memo noted, “We would want to remind all clubs of the proper usage of the technical bench as regards those that are permitted to sit on it during matches.


“The Technical Bench is a reserved area strictly designated for substitute players, coaches, and backroom staff with defined roles to play during a match.”


The memo warned that club chairpersons and General Managers must refrain from sitting on the technical bench during matches.


On the untoward behavior of Ball Boys to disrupt the flow of matches, the NPFL called for a halt to this growing trend.


“Such actions, including withholding balls, delayed return of balls to the field, and other related disruptions, are entirely unacceptable.


“We must emphasize that these actions not only go against the spirit of fair play and sportsmanship but also constitute a clear breach of Rules 1.1 of the Frameworks and Rules”.


Clubs were reminded that by the rules, a fine of N1m would be imposed on erring clubs.


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