EAP FC has notified the Nigeria National League Body of their withdrawal from the 2013/14 campaign, citing financial concerns for their decision.
The move by the Abuja based professional outfit was made known to the players by club chairman, Achebe Okoro said.
“Mr.Achebe said that we can no longer continue with the league anymore due to lack of funds,” one of the players said.
“I will collect my clearance and go back to my base next week,” the furious lad said.
When reminded on the consequences of their action, one of the officials of the club informed. “It’s not a case of action or no action; will the NNL fund our expenses and pay the salaries and bonuses we owe the boys?”
With the club not ready to back track on the recent development, it will dramatically change the complexion of the second tier division (Pool A) in Nigeria.
Earlier in the season, rock bottom Nigeria Prison were rumoured to be considering such move, but persuasion from some quarters made them change their mind.
The NNL had released a statement before the league started, warning clubs on the consequences of pulling out under any circumstances.
Last season saw a couple of clubs throw in the towel at the early stage, mid-season and towards the later stage of the league.
Bridge FC withdrew from the league right from the start of the season while Divine Warriors (former Ocean Boys) and Bolowotan FC all withdrew towards mid-season.
Apa United and Zamfara United both failed to honour league matches and NNL showed the affected clubs the exit.
In the past, Gafaar Liamid of 36 Lion FC, Toyin Gafaar of Bolowotan FC and Godwin Uti of Bridge FC all said they spent so much yet gain nothing participating in the league.