NUFC Chairman, Abdullahi Osanga

By Willy King

The management of Nasarawa United FC of Lafia  on Friday suspended both the club media officer, Eche Amos and another top official of the club, Hamza Sharu indefinitely for insubordination.

In a very tense statement the club chairman, Abdullahi Osanga personally signed and made available to Instant Africa sports states that the club has zero tolerance for any form of indiscipline and insubordination to constituted authority.

“For emphasis Amos utterances were personal and not that of the club, while Sharu was on inglorious mission,” he said.

It will be recalled that the week 4 Nigeria Professional Football League, NPFL game between host Nasarawa United and table toper Plateau  United on Wednesday in Lafia ended 1-1, with an orgy of violence trailing the game

After the game at the Lafia Township Stadium, the Match Commissioner, Center Referee and the two Assistant Referees were among those who suffered attacks. Also, Bala Nikyu, NUFC Technical Adviser was not spare by the attacks instigated by fans who felt that the match had been poorly officiated. Players and officials of Plateau United FC were forced into the middle of the pitch till police reinforcements were in place to ensure their safety out of the stadium.

Reports have it that, the club media officer, Amos expressed sadness over the incident, and blamed poor officiating for the violent melee.

“It’s quite unfortunate what happened today, but I think that our referees need to up their game because part of what caused this situation is poor officiating,” Amos noted.

Meanwhile, the club chairman has condemned in its entirety the unwarranted attacked on the match officers by the fans, stressing that they (Management of the club) will not condole any form of indiscipline or insubordination by any official of the club.

He further stated that they have set up machinery in place to identify and apprehend the perpetrators of such on wholesome act, and will hand them over to the police for prosecution.

According to him, “The referees handled the match professionally without any trace of favouritsm, so I see no reason why any fan of ours should attack the referees. I think someone somewhere might have sponsored the attacked to paint us black, any way we’ll stop at nothing until we found the culprit and bring them to book,” Osanga stated.


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