NPFL: Appeal Court Takes over Giwa Reinstatement Case

first_imgThe legal battle seeking to compel the League Management Company (LMC) to reinstate Giwa FC into the 2015/16 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) has shifted to the Court of Appeal, Jos Division which two days ago enrolled the suit.LMC’s appeal is against the interim order granted by Justice I.I. Kunda of the Plateau State High Court, Bukuru on August 12, in a case filed by Mustapha Abubakar seeking to reinstate Giwa FC into the NPFL and also reschedule all the games the club was excluded from playing following its expulsion in May. Abubakar claims to be the Chairman of Giwa FC Supporters Club and that his fundamental human rights has been violated.Giwa FC was expelled by the LMC from the NPLF in May for failure to honour and play three matches cumulatively contrary to the provisions of the NPFL 2015/16 Framework and Rules and punishable by expulsion from the League. LMC had reached the decision after a protracted process of appeals and hearings as provided for by the rules of the football governing authorities The LMC through its lawyer, Olumide Olujinmi is asking the Court of Appeal to grant a stay of execution of the lower court’s order and an application for departure from the rules of court to allow for the appeal to be heard as a matter of urgency.In one of its grounds of appeal, the LMC argued that Abubakar has not been shown to have any connection or relationship whatsoever with the LMC or the NPFL and that there was no urgency as required by law for the judge to make the interim order which is nearly three months after the expulsion of Giwa FC from the NPFL on May 22. At the resumed hearing last Thursday, Justice Kunda had sought to know if the LMC had complied with the interim order of August 12 and Olujimi in response referred to an affidavit of compliance filed by the LMC as proof of compliance. Olujimi also told the court that he has filed for a stay of proceedings at the Appeals Court.However, Barrister H.S Ardzard, the Counsel for Abubakar disagreed, claiming that there has not been full compliance since according to him, the LMC was yet to reschedule the matches involving Giwa FC. He then pleaded with the judge to give an order stopping the league until there is full compliance.The LMC however said there was no basis for stopping the league which is an industry representing the multifarious interests of 19 other clubs from states all over Nigeria with players on contract as employees, officials and other employees of the clubs, broadcast right holders, corporate sponsors and the public interest and national and international image of Nigeria.The LMC continued that rescheduling of matches cannot be done at a whim and explained that it involves several considerations and processes that will take some time.It was also the submission of the LMC that Giwa FC’s interest cannot supersede other interests and urged the plaintiff’s Counsel to seek other judicial remedies to enforce compliance with the court order if he was sure there had been none.The LMC contends that the suit before the Plateau State High Court is defective since as a fundamental human right case, Giwa FC or its owner Giwa FC Ltd is a company which cannot have fundamental human rights.The League body had also challenged the jurisdiction of the Jos High Court to grant the interim order, contending that Abubakar lacked the locus standi to file the suit on behalf of Giwa FC Ltd, since the only person that can complain about any wrong done to a company is the company itself.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

How will Lakers’ D’Angelo Russell match up with NBA’s elite point guards?

first_imgOnly a night after dazzling his teammates with his pinpoint passes, Lakers rookie point guard D’Angelo Russell spent the end of Monday’s practice helping his team with something that involved a little less fanfare. Russell lingered around to pick up all the empty water bottles as part of his rookie duties.“We got like 10 rookies,” said Russell in slight exaggeration, though Anthony Brown and Larry Nance Jr. were not around. “I’m surprised I’m the only one out here.”Russell could soon experience something just as humbling. The Lakers (1-3) will play the Sacramento Kings (3-1) on Tuesday in Las Vegas, where Russell will match up against nine-year NBA veteran Rajon Rondo. Russell will face other star point guards on Saturday (Golden State’s Stephen Curry) and on Monday (Portland’s Damian Lillard). Russell has tried modeling his game after those players as well as former NBA guard Chauncey Billups, amid his quest to live up and perhaps surpass his potential as this year’s No. 2 draft pick. Russell maintained he viewed the storyline “more as a Lakers vs. Kings matchup.” Yet, he then conceded, “it’ll definitely give you a visual on where you are at as an individual.”“You have to play against them. You can’t just watch them,” Russell said. “In the first go-around, I can’t go in as a fan that Steph Curry is my guy. It’s more like, ‘I’m playing against this dude. Let’s get this team a win.’”The Lakers believe Russell can help them win. They have gushed about Russell’s playmaking, especially after he recorded 11 of the Lakers’ 30 assists in a win against Maccabi Haifa on Sunday. Lakers coach Byron Scott even found similarities between Russell and point guards he both played with (Magic Johnson) and coached (Jason Kidd, Chris Paul). “All of them had that killer instinct,” Scott said. “They all wanted to step on your toe if they had you down. I think this kid has that. His vision on the court is a lot like all three of those guys.”So much that Lakers forward Metta World Peace called Russell “a vet” and “a confident kid.” “He definitely has my respect as far as how he is mentally. D’Angelo is going to be fine,” World Peace said. “I always tell him to stay hungry and don’t take my compliments too well.”Russell conveyed that mind-set by maintaining, “I use it as motivation to keep doing what I’m doing.” Russell also deflected credit to his teammates’ high marksmanship. But how will he fare against the NBA’s elite?He will come off the bench for the second consecutive game after sitting out the previous seven quarters because of a bruised glute. Russell made both of his field-goal attempts against Maccabi Haifi, but he only went 2 for 5 in the preseason opener last week against Utah. “You’ll make mistakes and turn the ball over against those guys. But they’ve been experienced,” said Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson, who experienced the same thing last season. “It’ll be up and down. But once you get the hang of it, stay even keel.”Clarkson viewed Russell the same way, calling him “a chill dude.” The Lakers also marveled about several of Russell’s passes against Maccabi Haifa, which included a no-look pass at half-court to forward Tarik Black. “Just make the right play,” Russell said about his mind-set. “If somebody is open, get it to him no matter how you got to do it. It might be flashy. It might be ugly. But get them the ball when they’re open.”Yet, Scott noticed a potential learning curve in Russell’s teammates anticipating his passes. “It was the same with Magic,” Scott said. “When you came down the court, you had to make sure your hands were ready and that you were looking at him. Even if he wasn’t looking at you, he could fire a pass to you.”Unlike his lone season at Ohio State and during his pre-draft workouts, Russell has since declined to invoke comparisons to other NBA players. He will soon find out first-hand whether any of them are valid.Injury updateLakers center Roy Hibbert experienced soreness in his right knee during Monday’s practice. But Hibbert declined to have x-rays or an MRI, and the Lakers listed him as probable for Tuesday’s game against Sacramento. After sitting out of Monday’s practice, Lakers guard Marcelo Huertas will miss his fifth consecutive exhibition because of a strained right hamstring. The Lakers hope for Huertas to practice on Wednesday. Lakers forward Brandon Bass practiced on Monday, but he is expected to miss his third consecutive preseason game because of a bruised left knee. Kobe Bryant also missed practice on Monday, though it was just to rest. center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more