NPFL: Kwara United excited on verdict over botched match

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The General Manger of Kwara United FC of Ilorin, Alhaji Haruna Maigidansanma, has described the Nigeria National League (NNL) decision to award three points and three goals to the club as a relief.

Maigidansanma said this on Monday in Ilorin while speaking with newsmen in his reaction to the NNL decision.

The NNL decision was contained in a letter addressed to the Secretaries of Ranchers of Kaduna and Kwara United FC, on Monday titled, Re: NNL Week 30 League Match (Ranchers Bees vs Kwara Utd FC), dated Dec. 22.

The Appeals Committee of Nigeria Football Association (NFA), had ruled that the remaining 28 minutes left to be played when violence erupted in the first encounter in Kaduna be replayed.

The replay match held in Abuja on Friday, Dec.19, also ended abruptly barely six minutes to go, as irate fans invaded the pitch and unleashed mayhem on Referee Charles Ozigbo (from Anambra).

The centre referee had awarded a penalty to Kwara United in the 18 minute of the 28 minutes before the fracas.

Maigidansanma said the club can now forge ahead as it looks to beef up the team ahead of life in the elite division, the Nigeria Professional Football League, (NPFL).

The secretary of the club Elder Dele Oguntokun joined the club’s manager to commend the players for their concentration and doggedness in the rescheduled fixture.

They both commended football stakeholders in the state for their support and the state government for giving the team the needed support.

The NNL also banned three Ranchers Bees players and two officials for one year for attacking the Centre Referee.

With the development, Kwara United now joined Wikki Tourists to play in the Premier League next season as United ended the race with 52 points in Group A of the NNL behind Wikki Tourists that topped the table with 55 points.

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