The much anticipated start to the 2016/17 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season took a dire twist after FC IfeanyiUbah abruptly quit their game away to Kano Pillars on Saturday.
Nigeria’s elite club football competition finally returned after almost a three-month break but in the most disappointing manner.
Federation Cup holders, IfeanyiUbah, shockingly walked out of the pitch with Pillars one-goal up – citing irregularities from centre referee, Ajayi Foluso.
The Anambra Warriors obviously livid about supposed questionable officiating that led to one of their players being sent off and their goal overruled were instructed to quit the encounter by their officials.
Gambo Mohammed’s strike was the difference between both sides.
“This is a disgrace,” a disappointed Pillars coach, Kadiri Ikhana, told Africanfootball.
“But we must commend the Kano fans that they did not allow hell to break loose as a result of IfeanyiUbah abandoning this game.”
Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, chairman of the League Management Company (LMC), Shehu Dikko, as well as several NFF executives were all at the game played inside packed Sani Abacha Stadium.