AITEO Cup: Sunshine Queens Players Protest, Accuse Rivers Angels Of Fielding Ineligible Players
Akure based female professional Football Club, the Sunshine Queens has protested against Rivers Angels of Porthacourt for fielding ineligible players in the ongoing AITEO cup quarter-finals.
The Sunshine Queens are protesting following a match played at Lafia City Stadium, Nassarawa State, on October 3, 2018, which had ended in 2 – 0 in favour of Rivers Angels.
The protest was contained in a letter obtained by Sahara Reporters and signed by the Sunshine Queen Media Officer, Michael Akintunde.
In the letter which was copied to the Nigeria Football Federation NFF, the Sunshine Queens are demanding that the match is awarded to them.
“It was saddening to see a reputable club like Rivers Angels field ineligible players, Alice Ogebe and Yetunde Adeboyejo (based in Israel) in an AITEO Cup tie contrary to the rule guiding the competition.
“And it is on record that Yetunde Adeboyejo and Alaba Jonathan (Bayelsa Queens ) departed the shores of Nigeria months ago and weeks before the commencement of the cup competition.
“They both returned to Nigeria on May 49, 2018 when the registration for the competition had already closed” the protest letter read.
According to the letter, Article 45.5 of NFF rules and regulation for its competitions states that “foreign-based players are not eligible to be registered or participate in its competition unless such players are properly transferred and cleared.
“The club, Sunshine Queens has satisfied Article 52.5 protest and appeal that says the match commissioner and center referee shall take a photograph with players against whom the protest is made,” it read.
“We are surprised that Rivers Angels ignored warnings before the match not to field the ineligible players, perhaps the team’s hierarchy believes there are no rules guiding the Aiteo cup.
It added that a player who plays in another country’s league in the same football calendar year with Nigeria is ineligible to participate in a competition like the AITEO Cup.
“Yetunde Adeboyejo played for Bnot Netanya of Israel a few months ago, got back to Nigeria and played the Aiteo cup
“We demand details of her ITC with dates, details of her League license with dates and signature, details of her Aiteo cup license with dates and signature.
“We believe in the capability of the committee saddled with the responsibility of looking into the matter in giving a fair verdict”.
The Akure Football Sunshine babes also demanded from the NFF to award the tie for them since their opponent had cried foul of the rules of the competition, with Rivers Angels paying a fine to the team.