FC Ifeanyi Ubah of Anambra abandoned the opening game of the 2017 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) following a protest against the centre referee’s decision against Kano Pillars at the Sani Abacha Stadium on Saturday.
Pillars were already a goal up from 30 minutes in through veteran striker Gambo Mohammed, making him the first goalscorer in the new season. But the first half ended controversially as the referee Folusho Ajayi (from Oyo State) disallowed a goal by the Anambra Warriors.
Only five minutes after the break, the referee sent an FC Ifeanyi Ubah official to the stands for unsportsmanlike behaviour and the visitors protested the decision by halting play.
— League Management NG (@LMCNPFL) January 14, 2017
— FC Ifeanyi Ubah (@FCIfeanyiUbah) January 14, 2017
The opening game of the league season promised to be explosive before kick-off and lived to its billing during game time, but the abandonment is a sour bite to an unfinished meal.
The visitor’s had decent chances to go ahead in the opening minutes of the encounter but failed to hit target through Yaya Kone and Co.
The Sai Masu Gida were also wasteful in the beginning but found their rhythm to finally break the deadlock in the 30th minute through Gambo, who slotted in a rebound after Amos Gyang’s effort hit the upright.
The League Management Company (LMC) are expected to make a decision on the unfinished match and lay sanctions on all erring parties..