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Players, Referees light up Nigerian League

Posted: May 2, 2015 at 4:35 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

The scintillating performance of the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) players and officials since the 2014/2015 season commenced no doubt is a heartwarming development for the future of the local league.

Referees been led out of the field by security officials

Referees been led out of the field by security officials

Every week with every match always produce exceptional performance from teams and players with individual brilliance to appreciate against all odds.

Week 6 played across the country is one to remember for its goals aplenty even as the spree of net-busters was tainted by a show of marching orders by officiating officials.

Interestingly, the players shared a total of 22 goals among themselves in nine matches played on Sunday, while Warri Wolves versus Heartland game which took place the following day (Monday) added up the total goals scored to 24.

While the 2013/2014 season’s top scorer, Mfon Udoh, netted twice for Enyimba against Sharks in the 3-2 to maintain and rekindle his goals poaching form that earn him Super Eagles’ call up.

Gbolahan Salamin is another Eagles home-based star that lived up to expectation in the Week 6, he netted one of the two goals for the Sea Siders.

The fly in the ointment came from Sunshine Stars/Wikki Tourists clash that produced five goals where Emmanuel Olowo of Sunshine and Wikki’s Emenike Onuoha got the marching orders.

In  Akwa United who defeated Dolphins of Port Harcourt 2-0 ended game with 10 men as Harrison Ibukun was added to the red cards of the week.

Invariably, records of Week 5 down to Week 1 show that strikes from the players so far are something to treasure in the NPFL with the national team in focus.

However, Week 5 recoded 16 goals, Week 4 had 16 goals, Week 3 produced 20 goals, Week 2 garnered a whooping 22 goals and Week 1 had the least of 12 goals.

The NPFL has also recorded away wins and draws that raised the credibility of the referees, a development that can also boost the hopes of the local referees’ appointment at the international stage.

So far, a total of four away wins have been recorded with 13 draws, just as some referees have been penalised for poor officiating and a good one commended by the League Management Company (LMC)..

Ishaku Ibrahim from Kogi State was named the best referee for the Week 6  by the LMC. He was in charge of the Sunshine/Wikki game in Akure that produced five goals and two reds.

His assessment was predicated on his firmness, fairness and correct calls while the game lasted.

According to the LMC, “We commend Mr. Ishaku Ibrahim for his sterling display which our Match Delegate and the away team officials acknowledged. The LMC will continue to reward excellence to encourage others to raise their game”, Salihu Abubakar, the LMC Chief Operating Officer said.

Sunshine Stars came from behind twice to defeat Wikki Tourists in the highly contested encounter.

However, this development is another way of telling the clubs, players and officials that the need to maintain quality performance is imperative as that is the only panacea too greatness in every career.