. Yobe Desert Stars players before a match
The management of Bet9ja Nigeria National League (NNL), has slammed a fine of Five Million (5,000,000.00) on Yobe Desert Stars of Damaturu for attempting to bring the League to ridicule.
According statement released by the league body on Tuesday, Yobe Desert Stars unceremoniously withdrew from the just concluded NNL Super Four tournament in Lagos, a development the board and management of the NNL considers a huge embarrassment.
NNL Chief Operating Officer,Mr.Lawrence Katken registered the displeasure of the board over the inability of Yobe Desert Stars to honour the Super four in an official communication with the club.
“After committing to uphold the rules guiding the League from the onset, your withdrawal from the Super four is viewed seriously as an act to truncate the League process and thereby,bringing the entire football family system to disrepute, as well as an attempt to mock the NNL after investing a lot to prepare for the tournament.
Yobe Desert Stars failed to realize that the League is not concluded until the Super four, a crucial tournament to determine the actual winners of the League is played.”
Mr.Katken added that Yobe Desert Stars have a period of seven days from the date of receipt of the official letter to pay the punishment fine, and that the League Management Company organizers of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) ,the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) and the Yobe Football Association have been duly communicated to ensure compliance from Yobe Desert Stars.