Eguavoen laments poor officiating in NPFL

Sunshine Stars coach Augustine Eguavoen has blamed a 1-0 loss to the Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) on terrible officiating.

3SC got its lone goal through Ibrahim Ajani in the game’s fourth minute, but what would have been the visiting team’s equaliser in the 41st minute was disallowed. Sunshine had got a goal through Ebitimi Agogo which the centre referee said was scored from an offside position.

Eguaveon, an ex-international, told newsmen that the referee committed several obvious mistakes which were bad for the league.

-We are all human beings and none is above mistakes, but the referee really made obvious mistakes which were not fair.

-This discourages me and some of our colleagues from the local league. I have been out of the scene for a while in the local league and this is one of the reasons.

-If you look at the entire league, you will see that only I and Ike Shoronmu remained out of our set.

-People are frustrated with a whole lot of such issues and don’t want to get involved. I think they should try and help our job, particularly, we that are involved.

-If not, I can walk away again and look for other means of fending for my family. I cannot work for a whole week and see someone just come one day to destroy it, the former Super Eagles coach said.

Eguavoen, however, refused to comment on the disallowed goal, saying the decision of the referee was only best known to him.

He said his team would go back home to prepare very hard for their next match, adding that their target was to escape relegation at the end of the season.