NPFL in false start as IfeanyiUbah players stage walk out in Kano

By Femi Adefioye, Lagos
Spectators were shell shocked as new Nigeria league season got off to a disgraceful start after FC Ifeanyi Ubah abandoned the opening game with hosts Kano Pillars leading 1-0.
The players of Ifeanyi Ubah FC protested over a yet to be ascertained complaint when they appear to have drawn level from a free kick just before the end of the first half.
Not more than hree minutes after the restart when they were prevailed upon to return, the Nnewi club walked out on the game apparently on an order from a top club official.
“This is a disgrace,” lamented Pillars coach Kadiri Ikhana, adding that “We must commend the Kano fans that they did not allow hell to break loose as a result of Ifeanyi Ubah abandoning this game.”
Amongst dignitaries that watched the march were Kano Governor Abdullahi Ganduje, Chairman of the League Management Company (LMC) Shehu Dikko as well as several NFF executives were all at the game played inside packed Sani Abacha Stadium in Kano.
FIFA-badged referee Folashade Ajayi from Oyo State appeared to be overwhelmed by the occasion as she made several questionable calls.

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