A fan of Remo Stars? Was that a punch?
Match
Day 3 in the Nigeria Professional Football League, NPFL was sadder than the
first day because another referee was almost killed, this time in Shagamu.
What
was his crime? He did not give what should have been a winning goal scored by
the home side. The game eventually ended 1-1. Fans of the home team and club president,
Kunle Soname thought it was a legitimate goal though.
I
saw the photos, I saw the videos, especially one that made it seem like the club
president of Remo Stars was justifying the actions of the fans
Why
was it sadder than Match Day 1? In this case, the club president tried to
justify the actions of the fans and blame the referee for the misfortune that befell
him.
I
hear he has posted an apology for his statement and action of the fans; I hear (the
club) they have started a massive social media campaign to make it seem as
though they are sorry for what they did, but it is just too bad that they
cannot undo what they did at the Stadium in Shagamu.
Why what happened at
Shagamu may happen again this season
So,
the referee disallowed a goal scored by the home side and they pounce on him?
If
he had allowed the goal by the home side, he would have been branded a kill joy
by the away side. This is the reason why our football cannot and will not grow.
We second guess every decision by the referee as long as it does not favour our
team.
Charles
Omokaro scored first for Insurance before Victor Mbaoma equalized for Remo
Stars, then the goal was disallowed.
We
are all coaches as well as referees and we interpret the laws of the game to suit
our agenda.
When
I heard about the mayhem at Remo I smiled because they are not first-time
offenders, but I wondered why it was happening when it was just their first
game.
Then
I saw pictures of a badly damaged referee, but that was not the worst of it.
I
saw a video of Kunle Soname the one who supposedly owns the club and another
Football Club in Portugal seemingly justifying the actions of the fans.
This is Soname
Why
would the Shagamu incident happen again? Because no club has really been punished
for this kind of aggressive behavior. Oh! Clubs have been fined and banished to
strange lands, but apparently those sanctions are not working.
To
think that in a 20-team league, 4 clubs are relegated but in a 12 team league
group the same number goes down will tell the desperation of clubs to stay up
and win all home games.
It
is just Match Day 3 and mayhem has been unleashed twice. It will be a very long
season ahead of us. The club administrators are desperate and, in their desire,
to stay up, they will engage thugs to do their bidding for them.
Heartland win on
the road, what a shock
Heartland
were guests of Nasarawa United and got three points in Lafia.
Now
it is either Heartland are that good (Which I sincerely doubt) or Nasarawa
United are that bad (which seems the case).
Heartland’s 17- year old striker, Sam Nnoshiri
Heartland
were sure candidates for relegation last season before the boardroom decision not
to relegate any side rescued them.
They
were the talk of the football writers when they unveiled twenty-two new players
two weeks to the season, but here we are.
The
funny thing is that Heartland’s goal was scored by a 17-year-old, Samuel
Nnoshiri. How many 17-year olds play in the League or even get to score the
winning goal away from home, but there is really little hype around him. The club
is not doing much to promote the prodigy.
We need to talk
about FC Ifeanyi Ubah
After
three games, FC Ifeanyi Ubah are yet to concede a goal. They have won once and
had two draws on the road.
Drawing
0-0 at Go Round FC was big as they were able to soak up all the pressure from
the ball playing home side. They were not in a hurry, they did not make many
mistakes, they just defended and tried to strike off the counter, a tactic that
worked well for them in the end. They got the point, didn’t they?
Word
on the street is that the team was/ is cash strapped, could not pay their millionaire
players any more leading to a mass exodus from the team. They had to hold an
Open Screening exercise in other to grab new players for the season and
whatever they did is working for them.
The
boys are young, full of energy and do not tire all match long. If they continue
at this pace, they will be the surprise of the season, but more often than not,
young sides like these find a way to fizzle out in the business end of the league.
Away sides should
be able to attack
Enyimba
is an example of this. They went to Ilorin and did not defend but took the game
to their hosts.
Enyimba
went ahead twice in that game but were unlucky to lose 3-2 in the end.
It
is natural for away sides in the League to adopt what the coaches call “Away
tactics” when they travel.
Away
tactics means playing just one man upfront and parking a mean bus behind.
It
is good to have the League back after so long but the football discussed will
be better served if it is what happens on the pitch regarding the players and
not other incidents that are unsavoury like in Shagamu and Jos.
We
await Match Day 4.
All the Match Day
3 results
Plateau
United 2-0 El Kanemi
Wikki
2-1 Tornadoes
Kwara
United 3-2 Enyimba
Remo
Stars 1-1 Insurance
Go
Round 0-0 FC Ifeanyiubah
Kano
Pillars 1-1 Akwa United
Kada
City 2-1 Gombe United
Nasarawa
United 0-1 Heartland
Plateau
Utd 2-0 El-Kanemi

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