By Chinatu Jon
The management of Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) side, Kano Pillars, has hailed their fans’ composure during the NPFL 2017 season opening match against FC Ifeanyi Ubah in Kano on Saturday, 14th January.
- FC Ifeanyi Ubah abandon NPFL opening game against Kano Pillars
- FC Ifeanyi Ubah suspends team manager
In a statement by Malikawa Idris Rilwanu, the club’s media officer, Kano Pillars expressed their profound happiness with the way and manner their fans conducted themselves commendably irrespective of the unprofessional behavior of the visiting Anambra Warriors.
He further underlined such a commendable behaviour as the direct benefits of an enlightenment program carried out by the club as part of their preparations for this new season. Pillars fans quietly and peacefully left the stands after the centre referee has called of the game as a result of its abandonment by the FC Ifeanyi Ubah players.
It can be recalled that the Federation Cup holders left the football pitch few minutes into the second half of the game in protest against the cancellation of what they felt was a legitimate goal in the dying minutes of the first half.
Pillars were already 1 goal up, courtesy of Captain Gambo Mohammed’s 30th minute strike.
The League Management Company (LMC) which manages the NPFL is yet to react officially to the outcome of that game.
Kano Pillars will leave for Makurdi today to face Lobi Stars in a Matchday 2 encounter. Lobi lost 2-0 at the Lekan Salami Stadium in their season opener to the home side, Shooting Stars Sports Club.
Meanwhile, FC Ifeanyi Ubah has apologised for their appalling behaviour and has subsequently suspended their team manager for a short period.