The League Management Company (LMC) has been ordered to reinstate Giwa FC back into the Nigeria Professional Football League by a Federal High Court sitting in Jos.
The Jos-based club was expelled from the league on May 20, after they failed to honour three games, contrary to league guidelines.
However, a High Court sitting in Jos has now ruled that club be reinstated into the league with immediate effect.
Giwa FC was banished to Ilorin for their home games following crowd trouble at their Rwang Pam home Stadium in Jos, in a league fixture against Enugu Rangers.
The club however refused to play their ‘home’ games in Ilorin as ordered by the LMC, and after they failed to honour three ‘home’ games, they were subsequently expelled from the Nigeria top-flight league.
The LMC had explained at the time: “Giwa FC has been expelled from 2015/2016 Nigeria Professional Football league season.
"Giwa FC is in breach of the NPFL Framework & Rules for failing to honour three cumulative fixtures without acceptable reason.”
But in a twist that will surely impact the league table and organization, they will be returned and all their games from when they were expelled are to be rescheduled as per the court ruling.
The LMC has since confirmed this. They wrote on their official twitter account: “Giwa FC returns to the NPFL; courtesy Plateau State High Court interim order.
“Processes to reschedule matches concerning Jos side now being activated as directed by Plateau State Court.”
The LMC went had sanctioned loan moves for Giwa FC players shortly after the club was expelled, but the league body has also announced that it has written to all the clubs with Giwa players not to feature them starting from their next games.
“Registration of players on the basis of Giwa FC expulsion from the NPFL withdrawn. Clubs warned not to feature them; beginning immediately