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IMC boss, Elegbeleye replies Gara-Gombe




The chairman of the Interim Management Committee handling the on-going Nigeria Premier Football League, Hon. Gbenga Elegbeleye has responded to the write-up by former Gombe FA Chairman, Ahmed Gara-Gombe  on the NFF Appeal Committee upholding Remo Stars’ appeal in the decision taken on a controversial MatchDay 12 with Gombe United.

Sports Village Square published Sunday morning, an explanation by Gara Gombe and titled it: “Gara Gombe throws light into NFF Appeal Committee’s relief for Remo Stars”

As introduction to Gara Gombe’s lengthy explanation, Sports Village Square remarked that it was  not unusual for an appeal committee to upturn a decision earlier made by a governing body. Otherwise, the appeal committee  will just be a rubber stamp.

It pointed to a recent global example of the Italian Serie A where an earlier 15-point deduction imposed on Juventus was reversed by the supreme sports court of the Italian National Olympic Committee (CONI) which last week accepted Juventus’ appeal.


On this, the IMC boss in a chat remarked that he considered it a very fair opinion.  

He however objected to the assertion by Gara-Gombe that  (Kunle) “Soname does not attend IMC meetings”.

He considered that as  insinuation as prejudiced. “He is always present in our meetings. He has been involved physically in all our meetings.

“That’s just to clarify any insinuation regarding this (the story)”, the IMC boss submitted.


Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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