NPFL: Pitch Invasion Halts Kano Pillars, Awka United Match
By Chidi Nwoke.
The Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) encounter between title contenders Kano Pillars and Akwa United on Sunday evening was abandoned due to a pitch invasion after fans protested when the referee ruled out a late goal.
The tense encounter for supremacy in the Nigeria top flight division was rescheduled for Monday morning after the visitors reportedly walked off the Ahmadu Bello Stadium in protest at the referee’s decision to deny a late winner for Pillars. The goal would have taken the Pillars to the top of the NPFL table.
After a goalless first 45 minutes, drama ensued in the closing stages of the match after Kano Pillars had the ball in the back of the net when Nyima Nwagua scored in the 84th minute, only for the referee to deem the effort offside.
The late goal ruled out by the hosts was followed by fans invading the pitch in complaint, and match officials and the Promise Keepers were forced to flee the dressing rooms for safety. The match was abandoned after the incident.
Following the long wait, Kano Pillars confirmed that the encounter will continue on Monday morning by 08:00am.
The League Management Company are yet to comment on the situation, or clarify whether either of the teams will be charged for the misconduct.
Before Sunday’s showdown, Akwa United coach Boboye called on the league management to televise the encounter, due to the stakes for both sides.
“It is a big match, the two teams are first and second so I expect the game to be on TV,” the former Super Eagles assistant coach said.
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