Four Nigerian soccer teams who were involved in two play-off matches that ended 79-0 and 67-0 respectively have both been suspended by the country’s soccer association.
Plateau United Feeders overcame Akurba FC by 79 goals to nil, whilst Police Machine FC sauntered to a 67-0 victory over Bubayaro FC.
Mike Umeh, the chairman of the Nigerian Football Federation Organising Committee, chastised those involved, stating, “It is unacceptable – a scandal of huge proportions. The teams are suspended indefinitely, pending further sanctions.”
Plateau United Feeders and Police Machine were both looking to win their matches in an attempt to secure promotion to the lowest tier of Nigeria’s Nationwide League Division, and they went into the contests level on points.
Feeders were only seven nil up at half-time, and then went on to score another 72 goals in the second half, whilst Police Machine notched 61 efforts after the break. These results meant that Plateau now got promoted ahead of Police Machine, as they had a far superior goal difference, even though Plateau were averaging a second half goal once in every 40 seconds.
Police Machine averaged 81 goals in three games, whilst Police Machine could only accumulate just 69, which means that they are currently set to stay in the division.
Umeh went on to add, “We will investigate this matter thoroughly and get to the bottom of it,” whilst Dr. Mohammed Sanusi, the NFF’s director of competitions, has also promised that the Organising Committee will also hand out stern punishments and severe sanctions to any of the clubs, institutions and people who are found guilty in their investigation.
Sanusai remarked, “The teams involved, their players and officials, match officials, coordinator and anyone found to have played some role in this despicable matter would be severely dealt with.
What do you think should happen to the four clubs if they are found guilty of match fixing?