Ndifreke Effiong
OluwaFemi
Balogun
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last week Abia Warriors announced the suspension of its key player and talisman
Ndifreke Effiong for gross misconduct, indiscipline, and disrespect for
constituted authority.
Abia
Warriors lost out of qualifying for the quarter finals of the AITEO/ Federation
Cup on goal difference after finishing tied on points with Kano Pillars and
Kwara United.
Media
Officer of the club, Igwe Onuoha told NigerianFootballer.com that the dirty
acts of Ndifreke Effiong was the last straw that broke the camel’s back, leading
the club to take the tough decision.
“Ndifreke
Effiong is our talisman, he is our key player but it seems it has gotten into
his head,” Onuoha told NigerianFootballer.com.
“During
our first Aiteo Cup game against Kwara United, Ndifreke was fouled and he went down
but didn’t get instant attention until the ball was played out.
“When
the referee went to his side to ask if he needed help Ndifreke jumped up like a
karateka and went straight for the player he said had brought him down and
lashed out at him. His reward was a red card.”
Igwe
Onuoha says the action of Ndifreke was one of the reasons Abia Warriors lost
that game.
“We
were already short by a man as our goal keeper got a red card, then Ndifreke
got another red we were now down to 9 man, and conceded embarrassingly.
“If
we had conceded few goals maybe our goal difference would have been better. Imagine
we had same points with Kano Pillars and Kwara United, maybe if Ndifreke was
still on the pitch things would be different.
“This
action by Ndifreke Effiong was one of the many things he had done previously, I
wouldn’t want to say all but this action was what broke the camel’s back,”
Onuoha said.
Abia
Warriors have since returned to base to prepare for the start of the new NPFL
season by November. 

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