Rangers of Enugu faced more sanctions concerning their players, after reliable duo Seun Taro and Pierre Coly were suspended by the Nigeria Football Federation’s appeals committee for unruly behavior.
The League Management Company (LMC) had handed a season long ban to both players for alleged assault on match officials in a Week 3 game against Warri Wolves, but the bans were lifted by Organising and Disciplinary (O D) Committee of the NFF in late June.
But the Appeals Committee has decided to extend the punishment of both players by suspending them for further two matches, meaning the duo will miss Rangers next League game away to Wolves, and their Week 24 home game against Kaduna United.
An official of the Enugu State-owned club laments the loss of the players, describing their recent bans as the result of bureaucratic power-play.
Meanwhile NFF secretary-general Musa Amadu warned the club against taking its expulsion from the CAF Confederations Cup contest to the Court of Sports Arbitration (CAS).
Rangers were sanctioned by CAF for allegedly fielding an illegible player in their match against Tunisia’s CS Faxien during a Confederations Cup tie.
“I do not see any sense in Rangers taking CAF to CAS. I will advise against it because it will not achieve anything meaningful. CAS cannot say that CS Faxien should stop playing their match and the best I think they can get is maybe a monetary compensation should they win the case,” Amadu said in Abuja.
He however, chided CAF for being too hasty in suspending Rangers.
“CAF were too hasty in the way they quickly banned Rangers from the Confederations Cup, even before the hearing of the Appeals Committee. They should have waited for the Committee’s report before taking their action” he reasoned.