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Kwara United, Sunshine banned

Kwara United Football Club of Ilorin and Sunshine Football Club of Akure may face sanctions from the Management of  Nigeria Premier League (NPL) over the inconclusive match between both sides last Saturday at the Ilorin Township Stadium.

Sources close to NPL revealed that already Kwara United had been banished from playing its home matches at Ilorin while Abuja would now serve as the team’s home ground.

It was also gathered that both teams have been fined N2 million each while the case would likely be referred the Organisation and Disciplinary (Oand D) Department of the Nigeria Football Federation for further sanctions.

Both teams had scored one goal each before the match came to an inconclusive end after fans of both teams reportedly invaded the pitch over centre referee Sani Mohammed’s decision to book a Kwara United player Bolaji Shakin for diving during a struggle for ball possession in the vital area of the visiting team.

The booking attracted protest from Kwara United players and led to fans of the team invading the pitch. Team Manager of Sunshine Stars Gabriel Aborowa was also reported to have entered the pitch together with some fans of his team leading to an impasse. The match referee and other officials who handled the game had to be escorted out of the pitch with six minutes still remaining before the end of the match.

After the match, the Chairman of Kwara United Toyin Olokooba had hinted that the team would lodge a formal protest against the outcome of the encounter before the NPL Management on the ground that an official of the visiting team entered the pitch while the match was still on. He accused Sunshine Stars of being hell bent on causing confusion during the match.

All efforts to get in touch with Tunji Babalola, Secretary General of NPL proved abortive.

When contacted by telephone, the Chairman of NPL Chief Victor Baribote could not confirm the specific sanctions the Secretariat of NPL may have imposed on the affected teams, he said NPL could impose some limited sanctions on offending teams after a football match pending the final determination of such cases by the O and D Department of NFF.


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