149 goals in two suspicious football matches
by FFE Sports News Staff
149 goals in two football matches in Nigeria has triggered a suspicion of a match fixing, which authorities are investigating.
Plateau United Feeders and Police Machine FC were level on points before going to their respective last match of the season. Knowing the winner would be promoted to the lowest tier of the Nationwide League Division both teams tried with all means to win their match.
To prevent any hanky-panky business between the teams both games were played at the same time. At the half time Plateau United Feeders had scored 7 goals while Police Machine had scored 6 goals. During the second half Plateau United Feeders managed to score 72 more goals, an average of a goal in every 36 seconds, while Police Machine was able to score only 61 more goals in the second half, ie, a goal in every 45 seconds.
The results meant that Plateau edged above Police Machine on goal difference.
All the four clubs involved in two play-off matches have been suspended.
Mr. Muke Umeh, chairman of the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) Organising Committee said: “It is unacceptable – a scandal of huge proportions,” “The teams are suspended indefinitely, pending further sanctions.” Umeh further added: “We will investigate this matter thoroughly and get to the bottom of it.”
A journalist who saw Bubayaro’s defeat against Police Machine, said “In the second half, we started witnessing outrageous own goals, free-kicks and terrible goalkeeping.”Feeders blasted goal after goal past Bubayaro. Officials of the club turned into emergency ball boys, instead of retrieving the ball from the net, they quickly threw another ball into the centre circle.”It was ridiculous, because the losing side didn’t make any effort and the officiating was abysmal, with controversial calls being made and unaccounted additional minutes played.”Some people were on their mobile phones updating officials at the other venue.”
The NFF’s director of competitions, Dr Mohammed Sanusi, assured the public that the Organising Committee would give severe sanctions on all persons and institutions indicted by the investigation.
“The teams involved, their players and officials, match officials, coordinator and anyone found to have played some role in this despicable matter would be severely dealt with,” Sanusi said.