Abuja - Abubakar Bukola Saraki (ABS) FC of Ilorin has declared that biased officiating would be responsible for its relegation from the Globacom Premier League at the end of the 2012/2013 season.
ABS chief coach, Kabiru Dogo, disclosed this ]after his team's 2-1 victory over Heartland FC of Owerri in a week 33 match of the league.
The match was played on Sunday at the Kwara State Stadium, Ilorin.
Dogo said biased officiating may prevent the club from achieving its goal of staying in the topflight league.
The coach said it was unfortunate that the team was struggling to remain in the league next season and attributed their position on the log to unfair officiating in the club's home and away matches.
The team is currently occupying the 16th position on the log, with 44 points from 33 matches, with five to go.
He commended his players for their resilience in the league, adding that with good officiating, his team had the potential to be comfortable on the league table.
According to him, the gap in points between the teams in the middle row and the lower rung of the league is so narrow that anything can happen with the lower teams winning their matches both at home and away.
ABS started the game on a brighter note, but it was the visitors that first found the net in the 16th minute through Rahman Bashir.
The Saraki Boys tallied in the 22nd minute through Emeka Ogbuh, while Thomas Zenike scored the winning goal in the 33rd minute.
Dogo, however, added that in spite of all odds, his club was hoping to be able to pick a point against Rangers International of Enugu on September. 25.