June 20, 2009

Akwa suffers boomerang

By Richard Animam
It was a case of what goes around comes   around for Akwa United last week as they were relegated to the less fancied Professional league at the end of the Globacom Premier League season last Sunday.

United two seasons ago, did the unthinkable when they scored 13 goals to secure a place in the Premier league. The same fate befell them this season as Zamfara United needed  nine goals to escape relegation and nine goals they got when they hosted Kaduna United last Sunday in their last match of the season.

Akwa United on Tuesday lodged a formal complaint with the Nigerian Premier League, asking for an investigation into the circumstances which saw Zamfara United scandalously beat Kaduna United 9-0 on Sunday.

The result helped Zamfara stay up at the expense of Akwa, who were condemned to relegation by the slimmest of margins; just two goals.Going into the final round of fixtures, Zamfara were on 45 points and a goal difference of minus eight, with Akwa on 48 points with a goal difference of plus two. Akwa United lost their season-ending fixture 0-2 at JUTH, while Zamfara, to the shock of the nation, pumped the nine goals they needed past Kaduna United.NPL source said they received a protest letter from Akwa United.

Confronted with the precedent set by their own club two seasons ago, when they scored an equally mind-boggling 13 goals on their way to promotion, a club official admitted that the club were stretching their moral boundaries.
“We know that morally we should not complain, but let us not look at it as an Akwa United problem, but one of Nigerian football.