The League Management Company (LMC) has been fingered as being biased by not awarding Katsina United 3points and 3goals after Kano Pillars breached the rule books in the rescheduled NPFL game played in Abuja a month ago.
The game in Kano, which was destrupted by irate Pillars fans in the 80th minute after result stood goalless, had to be rescheduled while Pillars were docked 3points, handed a suspended 3points sanction and banished to Abuja by the LMC.
Our source, name withheld says the LMC can be likened to a bulldog that can only bark but can’t bite top NPFL clubs like Kano Pillars, who Thursday were involved in another mess that has brought the domestic league into disrepute, after their Chairman Yahaya Surajo assaulted an Assistant Referee.
As we clock down to the end of the season, the LMC must show fairness and not bias to all teams in the NPFL.
This as regards the 3points Katsina United should have been awarded by them (LMC), after ‘Untouchables’ Kano Pillars fielded seven ineligible players in an uncompleted NPFL match that was rescheduled.
Kano hosted the game but it was destrupted by some irate fans at 80th minute, then the LMC in its prompt decision ordered that the game be rescheduled to a new date and continued from 80th minute at the MKO Abiola Stadium, Abuja, where Pillars were banished to.
A new twist emerged in Abuja on the match day, as Kano Pillars produced a list of starting 11 which contained seven players that were not part of the game in Kano that was thrown into disarray.
This made Katsina United play the match under protest which according to the League Management Company (LMC) rule books, the match in Abuja was supposed to have the same team list that was used for the game in Kano.
Brilliant of Katsina United, they had the evidence as four out of the seven players started the game while the rest were on the bench. To nail Pillars finally, the goal scorer, Auwali Ali Malam was also among ineligible players.
Close to a month after the match in Abuja, the LMC are yet to deliberate or issue any statement concerning the protest filled to them, let alone punish Kano Pillars by deducting 3points from points ganarred this season and awarding Katsina United 3points, after Pillars breached the rules.
Aside from that, the Katsina United team bus Pillars fans destroyed, has not been fixed. The entire Katsina United team have been put into traumatic stress on match days, as they go to hire buses to move their players to venues or they stoop low, go begging other Katsina State Ministries to lend them any available coaster bus when they don’t have enough funds to hire one.
Lastly after vandalizing the team bus, Pillars fans looted the bus making away with handsets, other valuables of some players and whatever they could find like training equipment, which consists of kits and match balls.
The Katsina United management have not asked for too much, as the LMC should just award the team the 3points, 3goals, sanction Pillars management to fix the team bus and replace the players phones and training equipment that were carted away by their fans.