The board of the Nigeria Women Football League (NWFL) headed by Aisha Falode, has slammed N2.5 million fine on Dreamstar Ladies, the team’s coach and owner of the club for abandoning a play-off game and bringing the credibility of the NWFL Premiership League to public ridicule.
The play-off match in question was matchday 2 clash against former champions, Pelican Stars. The result as at the time of abandonment was 4-2 in favour of Pelican Stars though the officials allowed the 90 minutes to run out before ending the encounter.
These sanctions were contained in a letter written to the management of Dreamstar Ladies and signed by the Chief Operating Officer of the NWFL, Modupe Shabi.
It reads: “The board of the Nigeria Women Football League frowned at the unruly behaviour of Dreamstar Ladies FC of Lagos in the match No: 4 of the ongoing 2020/2021 NWFL Premiership Play-Off played on May 9, 2021, at the University of Benin Sports complex, Edo State.
“Consequently, the following sanctions are hereby imposed on the club: Dreamstar Ladies FC have been fined the sum of One Million, Five Hundred Thousand Naira (N1,500,000) for abandoning the above named match in the 85th minute of play.
“The club is also fined an additional sum of One Million Naira (N1,000,000) for the unruly behaviour of the Head Coach, Mr. Sheriff Tajudeen and the Founder of Dreamstar Ladies FC, Mr. Abdulrahman Abolore, for bringing the credibility of the league to public ridicule.
“In addition, the Head Coach of Dreamstar Ladies FC, Mr. Sheriff Tajudeen, is hereby suspended indefinitely from all NWFL organised competitions with immediate effect for bringing the game to disrepute.”
Dreamstar Ladies are at the bottom of the four-team play-off log on one point three behind leaders, Pelican Stars and will have to defeat Abia Angels in the final day match on Tuesday to chance keeping their stay in the top-flight.
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