Abuja - Poor officiating has always been the bane of football in the lower divisions in Nigeria.
In the match day seven of the Nigeria National League, Ikorodu United pipped Abia Comets one-nil at the Onikan Stadium.
And the away side cried foul over the performance of centre referee Kazeem Ajibola after the loss in Lagos on Sunday.
The Umuahia-based outfit left the Onikan Stadium harbouring frustrations after they slipped to a defeat and firmly blamed the loss to the incompetence of the match officials.
Comets chairman, Victor Nwakama, told News24 after the nervy match that the officials from Ogun State (Kazeem Ajibola CR, Faton Olabode AR 1 and Rabiu Fatimo AR 2) ruined the game for his side.
Nwakama said that the decision to award questionable two spot-kicks, and many others to frustrate his team, went against them.
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“We played well from the first to the last whistle. But there were decisions that we couldn't understand, like the two penalties awarded against us which one resulted to Ikorodu United goal," he said after the game.
The Comets boss also hit out at the referees, calling them “naïve” and saying they “influenced the game completely the wrong way”.
He urged the NNL and NFF Referee Committee to watch the match tape.
“I believe most of the decisions were against us. I hope I will not be punished because I'm revealing the truth. It was very frustrating for us.”
“The referees made a mess of the game. The officiating was questionable with harsh calls, it’s shameful that at this level we still have bias referees like these who aid winnings.”
“It’s annoying when you have officiating like this when your team plays well. It’s disheartening and I will implore the NFF Referee Committee and NNL to watch the match video. The two penalties were manufactured by the match officials,” the retired referee said furiously.