Crowd trouble halts Giwa, Rangers match

Enugu Rangers’ Orji Kalu battling with t Andrew Abalogu of Enyimba in a recent game. Rangers held MFM to a 1-1 draw in Lagos PHOTO: LMC.

Enugu Rangers’ Orji Kalu battling with t Andrew Abalogu of Enyimba in a recent game. Rangers held MFM to a 1-1 draw in Lagos PHOTO: LMC.

Pay 3SC players, Ikhana begs Enugu Rangers’ hope of getting their first away win in the 12-week-old Nigeria Professional Football (NPFL) was halted abruptly yesterday when surging fans of Giwa FC encroached on the Rwang Pam Stadium, Jos, pitch midway into the game.

Rangers had taken a goal lead in the game, which drew fans from within and outside Jos to the stadium , but the officials were forced to call off the match when the security could not control the crowd.

Some of the officials claimed the fans harassed them.

It was not clear yesterday what the League Management Company (LMC) would decide on the game, but an official, who pleaded anonymity, told The Guardian that the league body will meet to rule on the game later.

In other games played at the weekend,
MFM FC defeated Wikki Tourists 1-0, 3SC beat Heartland 2-1, while Nasarawa United edged out Plateau United 2-1.

Also on the winning train was Niger Tornadoes, who beat bottom team, Ikorodu United 2-0, Lobi Stars conquered Akwa United 1-0 with Barnabas Imengar getting the goal in the 52nd minute, while Ifeanyi Ubah gunned down Warri Wolves 1-0.

In Port Harcourt, Rivers United piped Kano Pillars 1-0 through a Bernard Ovoke’s 77th-minute goal, just as Sunshine Stars outshone El-kanemi Warriors 3-0.

Meanwhile, Coach Kadiri Ikhana of Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) of Ibadan has appealed to the Oyo State Government to pay the club’s players their outstanding five-month salaries.



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