Osun United players, Chigozie Obasi and Victor Okeji’s league ban has been lifted by the Nigeria National League organisers. Both players are now free to play for their club.
Obasi, a former junior international and Okeji were initially suspended for one year for assaulting match officials in their week 19 encounter against Akwa Starlets at the Osogbo City stadium.
According to a statement from the NNL, the duo are now free to play for Osun United from this weekend following provisional clearance given to them against the punishment, after both players had appeared before the NNL disciplinary committee in Abuja.
The NNL though lifted the ban on these two players but upheld it’s three match behind closed doors decision against the Osogbo based side. They played one over the weekend against Unicem Rovers which they won.
Naijafootballplus spoke with one of the vindicated players, Victor Okeji and he expressed happiness over the judgement from the NNL secretariat.
“I’m so much elated and happy that we have been vindicated. We didn’t do anything on the match day and we were served with a year ban. I’m a very disciplined player since when I started my career. I know if a player should be involved in fracas like this, then he doesn’t know what he’s doing.
“Thank God the world now see that I’m innocent. I cried, felt dejected and disturbed psychologically when I heard that I was banned for a year. This was not a good thing for me personally but thank God the NNL has rescinded their decision.
“I’m very grateful to the management of the team, the technical crew and my team-mates for standing by us during this period. It’s a collective effort, thanks to the NNL for seeing the truth and lifted the suspension. It’s a lesson to other players as well to always leave the premises of the fracas whenever it breaks out.
“I also want to use this medium to beg and appeal to our darling fans to always embrace the spirit of sportsmanship. Every game can’t be won. They should always respect the decision of the referees. We would try as much as possible to bring smiles to their faces and they should continue to stay behind us and let’s enjoy the peaceful atmosphere we have been enjoying from the start of the season,” said the former Gateway United forward.