GNPL: Abia Warriors demand stricter monitoring
22 Oct, 07:25
Abia Warriors Football Club of Umuahia, have called on the League Management Committee (LMC), organizers of the on-going Glo Professional Football League to monitor closely, the activities of referees and clubs to ensure that only the best teams qualify to represent the country in next years continental campaign.
In a statement released by the club’s media officer, Mr. Igwe Onuoha after the Warriors lost 1-2 to Lobi Stars of Makurdi at the Emmanuel Akume Atongo stadium Katsina-Ala, Benue State in one of the week 34 encounters, the Umuahia based outfit noted that the team could not have lost the game if the referee had not succumbed to the intimidation by the home fans.
Onuoha complained about a goal scored in the 14th minute, but was disallowed by the centre referee, Hamza Garba from Kano State.
The Technical Adviser of Abia Warriors FC Ladan Bosso, also said he has never seen a situation like that before where such a goal is disallowed.
- My striker (Onyekachi Peter) had nodded in a free header into the net from a corner-kick and the AR II (the 2nd Assistant referee) had already acknowledged the goal by running towards the centre but to everyone’s surprise, the centre referee disallowed it, he said.
He stated that if the goal had stood, the match could have gone Abia Warriors way.
- The referee’s decision demoralized my boys and made them lose concentration which allowed Lobi to score two goals. Their goals were good goals but why did the referee disallow our own good goal?
- Afterall, Lobi scored first in Umuahia before we rallied to win so there is nothing wrong in conceding first at home, he said.