By John Egbokhan
The last has not been heard on the scandalous 9-0 victory that Zamfara United inflicted on Kaduna United to escape the jaws of relegation to the National Division One League on the last day of the 2008-20009 Premiership season. The Minister of Sports and Chairman of the National Sports Commission, Sani Ndanusa has ruled that the result was untenable.
Zamfara, northern neighbours of Kaduna, needed to score nine goals without conceding any to save their face and incredibly, they achieved this seeming mountainous objective to remain in the league but the result has left tongues wagging, with some calling the Nigeria Premier League, to punish both sides for bringing the league into disrepute for playing an accord match.
But these calls have met the brickwall of Oyuiki Obaseki, the Chairman of the NPL, who said that his body was handicapped on the issue, preferring to rain curses on those who perpetrated the act in Gusau.
He had argued that the evidence given by the referee and the match commissioner showed that nothing foxy happened during the encounter but his defence has been countered by the chairman of the NSC, Ndanusa, who said the match was compromised, to allow Zamfara escape relegation.
â€That result cannot be allowed to stand if we want to develop our football and make it attractive for sponsors to come on board. We cannot fold our hands and allow this type of thing to happen in our eyes when we are trying to fix things right.
â€œIn examining the facts of the matter, we must take into account the number of goals that Zamfara scored in the 37 matches that they played before the last one against Kaduna and from my findings, they were able to score 35 goals, an average of one goal per game, only for them, to record a whopping nine goals in the final match, which made them to escape the drop.
â€œWe have to restore credibility to our league and the NPL. We must lead this crusade by not allowing this sort of thing to happen. We are watching events closely as an he matter and we expect justice to be done, so that outsiders would not be making a laughing stock of usâ€, added a miffed Ndanusa.
Investigative body is looking into the matter and we expect justice to be done, so that outsiders would not be making a laughing stock of usâ€, added a miffed Ndanusa.