Like a recurrent decimal, the issue of the number of goals scored byÂ players has again sparked off another controversy. It has always been a seasonal issue, ironically perpetrated and amplified by the Nigeria Premier League.
Just like it happened two seasons back with Orok Akarandut, then of Akwa United, it is happening again with Ahmed Musa of Kano Pillars being at the receiving end.
In the 2008/09 league season, the Akwa United striker and league writers had said he was the leading scorer. The league body thought otherwise and disputed the figure. Their incompetence was exposed when the lad forwarded video evidences of his exploits in front of opposing goals to Abuja. The matter was settled and Akarandut was duly accorded his honours.
The issue is raising its ugly head again in 2010. Ahmed Musa is saying he has scored 15 goals but the NPL is insisting the boy has scored one short of the 15 he claims.
Kano Pillarsâ€™ spokesman, Rilwanu Idris Malikawa Garu is in agreement with his player. â€œI donâ€™t know where the problem lies,â€ a helpless Rilwanu said, emphasising that â€œAhmed Musa has scored 15 goals so far this season.â€
Should the number of goals scored in a season be a subject of controversy at any point in time if those who run the Globacom Premier League were up and doing in their duties? What has happened to all the pre-season seminars and all the talk about computerising the secretariat of the NPL?
If Musa had no plans for Abuja, he had better rush down there with video tapes to once again expose their incompetence.