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Nigerian Women’s Football League President Aisha Falode says Naija Ratels was knocked down during the ongoing NWFL Super Six tournament in Benin City, the capital of Edo state, after failing to comply with the sponsorship agreement for the event.
New Girls Ratels were due to face former champions Nasarawa Amazons at Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium on Monday before being crushed.
The NWFL had entered into an N16m sponsorship deal for the championship, with all six teams required to wear sponsor-branded jerseys.
But Naija Ratels would have flouted the rules, preferring to wear his own shirt marked by another sponsor.
“We knocked them down for flaunting the rule of being the club that didn’t wear the official shirt. We’ll work on the games and move on, that’s the rule,” Falode said.
“We told them (the clubs) that each team would get N1m each, while there would be N5m for the winners, N3m for the runners-up and N2m for the runners-up, meaning N16m returned to the league.
“This man (owner of Ratels), who has just qualified for the first time in the league, who is playing for the first time in the Super Six, has come to disrupt what we have done. We have a responsibility; we have a duty to the organization and those who appointed us to run this league.
Falode added: “If you have a shirt sponsorship you are supposed to write to the league board and in fact a percentage of the sponsorship is supposed to come back to us but we don’t know they have a sponsorship deal.
When asked if there would be a tougher punishment outside of the walk, the ace sportswriter added, “one step at a time.”
Additionally, NWFL COO Modupe Shabi noted that Paul Edeh, owner of Ratels, violated the NWFL’s sponsorship statutes.
“Article 7.8 states that all rights contracts to be entered into by a club must first be in writing and approved by the NWFL, prior to execution,” she said.

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