Player-Punching-Coach Officially Banned From NPFL

Kayode Julius, coach of Nigeria Professional Football League side, Sunshine Stars has been suspended for a duration of one year by the League Management Company and organizers of the NPFL. 

Last week Thursday, Kayode punched Lobi Stars’ Goal Keeper Ospino Egbe minutes before the commencement of a rescheduled matchday two fixture between the Suswan Boys and the Akure Gunners. 

The suspension is coming a week after the incident occurred and according to the LMC in an official statement, the Sunshine Stars coach had breached its Code of Conduct.

“Kayode Julius, a coach with Sunshine Stars has been charged for breach of Code of Conduct (Appendix E) of the NPFL Framework and Rules in the course of the rescheduled MatchDay 2 fixture between his club and Lobi Stars

“Kayode was charged for violent assault on a player of Lobi Stars, thereby failing to set positive example for players and supporters.

“The LMC has consequently suspended Kayode Julius from all NPFL match venues and activities for one year,” the statement read.

The suspension starts with immediate effect and means that Kayode Julius who had earlier been suspended indefinitely by the Club’s management shortly after the incident is not expected to be on bench for the rest of the year. 

The situation now leaves the Okure based side under pressure who are aloft relegation zone in Group A of the Nigeria Professional Football League by superior goal difference.