The Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL) has issued a strong warning to clubs regarding time-wasting tactics involving ball boys during matches. This caution is part of the league’s efforts to preserve the integrity of the sport.
In a memo sent to clubs on Tuesday, NPFL’s Chief Operating Officer, Davidson Owumi, expressed concern about the negative impact of these practices on young ball boys.
He stressed the importance of curbing unsportsmanlike behavior, especially when it benefits the home team.
Owumi urged clubs to take immediate action by organizing orientation sessions for ball boys. The goal is to ensure that they fully understand and adhere to the rules of the game.
Failure to do so may lead to serious consequences, including fines and point deductions, as specified in Rule C18 of the NPFL Framework and Rules.
In his statement, Owumi said; “We have observed the dishonest and undisciplined behavior of ball boys during matches. The persistent act of hiding match balls when the game is still in progress, particularly to favor the home team, will no longer be tolerated.”
The statement also emphasized, “We urge you to promptly address this situation by conducting orientation sessions for the ball boys to ensure their understanding and compliance with the rules. Failure to do so may result in penalties, such as fines and points deductions, as outlined in Rule C18 of the NPFL Framework and Rules.”
By implementing these measures, the NPFL aims to promote fair play, uphold the core principles of the sport, and elevate the overall quality of football matches in Nigeria.
Clubs are expected to adhere to these guidelines to maintain the league’s credibility.