Sunshine Stars vs 3SC abandoned match: LMC must be different from defunct Baribote led board in taking decision


      Pix:Battered 3SC Camera man.

The League Management Company (LMC) was set up with the aim of returning sanity in all ramifications to the Nigeria Premier League (NPL) a couple of months back after Baribote led board was dissolved due to lack of accountability and transparency and other irregularities that rocked the then NPL.

It’s a great a pity that the so-called LMC are towing the way of the former league board with ineptitude decision making even when evidence are presented before them.

The beginning of LMC failure

Sunshine Stars and 3SC Week 30 Glo Premier League match  in Akure was abandoned at half time when the Akure Fans physical attacked and assaulted the 3SC Cameraman and other top officials of the club including the Oyo State Sports Commissioner, Dapo Lam Adeshina.

LMC in their preliminary ruling on the inconclusive match, indicted Shooting Stars and fined the Oluyole Warriors N3m and ducked 3 points from already accrued points for abandoning the match against the host, Sunshine Stars whose Fans battered the visiting team 3SC.

A Press release on the LMC website stated that the LMC announced the decision in a letter to the Management of the two Clubs and said the findings were based on the official match reports which did not support the claims of 3SC. The letter was signed by the Chief Operating Officer of LMC, Salihu Abubakar cited relevant articles of the Regulation guiding the conduct of the Glo Premier League and subsequently invited some persons for further hearing,on Friday September 13 at the Abuja National Stadium but they are yet to seat for the hearing.    Why is it taking much time?

However,nothing in the reports corroborate the claims of Shooting Stars. The LMC is therefore satisfied that the Shooting Stars deliberately abandoned the game”, says the LMC.

Why is the LMC delaying the verdict?

Before the Sunshine Stars and Shooting Stars saga, we have heard series of abandoned matches and the LMC had dealt with warring teams judicially, 3SC vs Kwara United was abandoned,  the LMC sanctioned 3SC, Kwara United vs Warri Wolves game was not concluded the LMC hammers Kwara United, Wikki Tourists vs ELKANEMI Warriors was inconclusive,  the severely punished the Tourists, last week in Kano, Kano Pillars and Enyimba International Matchday 31 was relinquished,  the LMC penalised the Kano-based team but for they are yet to seat to for  Sunshine Stars and Shooting Stars saga which was in Matchday 30, WHY?

It must be noted that Mike Idoko, who is a member of the LMC is also the Chairman of Ondo State Football Agency that was saddled with day-to-day running  of Sunshine Stars and other football related matter in Ondo, the same Man was actively involved in the show of shame.

The LMC must put aside any relationship that ever existed between them and Mike Idoko and do the right thing if they want be different from Baribote led board,  and if they want League Lovers to continually believed in them.


Tom speaks after ouster in Calabar


The Super Eagles of Nigeria are through to the final stage of the Brazil 2014 qualifiers as Emmanuel Emenike announced his return to Senior National team with a goal seconds before the half time whistle,  while Liverpool new boy, Victor Moses put the icing on the cake  when he doubled the lead via a well converted spot kick in the second 45  minutes of the game.  Nigeria will be waiting for the draws to know their next opponent.

Malawian Coach,  Tom Stainfiet believes his ward gave their best but it was not just good enough to triumph over the African Champions.

He says “we played a very good first half according to plans, the Flames played good organised, Nigeria had more ball possessions but my goal keeper didn’t let any shot in between the post in the first 45 minutes, it was 30 seconds after the 45 minutes the we concede the goal, we made the first mistake, my left wing could not come back, then in the second half we could not come back because we played against a very strong Super Eagle’s side, who got confidence after leading one zero and then we got a penalty” he said.

Tom also justified the red card giving to defender,  Limbikan Nzana in the 51 minutes of the engagement but he disagreed with Centre referee decision on the penalty that led to the second goal.

“The red card on the other hand, I would have given him a red card also I think it was a tackle any referee would have give him a second yellow card, I spoke to the player he said he touched the ball first,  if that’s correct,  it was not a yellow card, well if I’m the referee I would have given him a red card,” he stated.

On the Spot kick, Stainfiet explainec “first of all I have to see the game but let me say that I’m 90 percent sure that it’s not a penalty and I think most of you admitted with me very soft and I don’t think it’s really a penalty,  the player’s diving and nothing at all touched him,” he belived.

He concluded by wishing the Super Eagles good fortune as they forge ahead in their quest for 2014 world cup qualification ticket.

“I must admit we lost to a better side and I wish the Super Eagles all the best and hope that they qualify for the World Cup in 2014.” he enthused.



League Management Committee (LMC) on the 2nd of September,  took a disciplinary measure as they sactioned Kwara United Football Club of Ilorin, following their abandoned match at the Kwara State Stadium against Warri Wolves on Saturday,  August 31.

After 45 minutes of play in Ilorin over the weekend,  it was reported that the second Assistant Referee felt unsecured and refused to come out for the second half proceeding of the match and when another Assistant Referee was arranged to continue the game,  the visiting team Warri Wolves, could not carry on with the game at about 6pm on Saturday,  despite the floodlights being on.

On Monday, September, 2. The Organising and Disciplinary committee of the Nigeria Football Federation(NFF) decided upon by the Executive members of the Federation led by NFF President Aminu Maigari, Anyasi Agwu, Ahmed Fresh, Chris Green and Leye Adepoju in Abuja, took the final decision that the said match, Kwara Utd vs Warri Wolves, must be re-played in Abuja on Thursday, 5th of September, 2013.

Inaddition, the committee also sanctioned Kwara United to play its remaining home games behind closed door with a 5 million naira fine, and with the mandate that Kwara Football Association (K.F.A) must produce the culprits for prosecution within seven days or risk barring all Glo Premier League matches at Ilorin.