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Giwa Plays Rangers In Abuja, Enyimba Hosts Heartland

Giwa FC, which was banished to Ilorin following crowd trouble in its home match against Rangers penultimate Sunday in Jos, will play the remaining 16 minutes of that match on Wednesday in Abuja.

The week 12 encounter was called off in the 74th minute by the referee after Giwa fans invaded the pitch with Rangers leading 1-0. The LMC ruled that the remaining 16 minutes must be played in Abuja.

The League Management Company (LMC) slammed a N6.5 million fine on Giwa FC for contravening six infractions on the rules governing the game. It also fined Giwa FCs Media Officer, David King N100,000. The club will play its next three home fixtures in Ilorin.

Rangers International with 21 points from 11 matches is second on the league table behind Abia Warriors with 23 points from 12 matches.

FC IfeanyiUba, which lost 0-3 at Wikki in the week 13 encounter, placed third with 22 points from 13 matches.

Speaking on the Giwa versus Rangers encounter, Paul Ozo Chibuzor, the Flying Antelope’s General Manager, said he was sure Rangers will come out unscathed, saying that the Enugu side was unrelenting in its desire to remain on top of the league table.

In another rescheduled match, champions, Enyimba, will host neighbours, Heartland, in Umuahia on Wednesday. Enyimba, which piped Akwa United 1-0 in Uyo in a week 13 encounter, is placed 19th on the league table with five outstanding matches.

Chinedu Udoji, captain of Enyimba promised the three points on behalf of his colleagues.

“We are going for the three points and nothing short of that; we want to close all the gaps on the table,” he said.