Ikpeazu Redoubtables of Onitsha May Join Delta FA
The management of Ikpeazu Redoubtables FC of Onitsha, the oldest soccer club in Anambra, yesterday threatened to move its activities to the Delta State Football
The threat was against the backdrop of the lingering crisis that had dogged the Anambra State Football Association, during which two parallel FAs emerged.
Odi Ikpeazu, the Chairman of the club, told newsmen in Onitsha yesterday that the planned move followed the crisis in the Anambra FA and the club’s unresolved issues with the state FA.
Some Redoubtables players were alleged to have assaulted a referee that handled their FA semi-finals match with Ifeanyi Ubah FC, then Gabros of Nnewi on April 15.
Ikpeazu admitted that some of his players were involved in assaulting the match officials, but added that it was unfair to accuse him of being personally involved in the assault.
According to him, he expected an investigation by the state FA on the matter before he was indicted and punishment meted out to him and his club.
He said his team was fined N315, 000 for the offence, saying this was a ploy to short-change him from receiving in full, the N500, 000 that
his club won for placing third in the competition.
“In truth, a referee was assaulted in our FA semi-finals but ridiculously they said I, Odi Ikpeazu, personally beat up the referee and that my son, Bobby, one of the players in the team, was also
“I deny this. I did not slap any referee. I will not take them seriously,’’ he said. “I take it that some people in the football community here have made up their minds to malign me, maybe because of the position I took over
the FA crisis.
“But for us here in the club, we are sick and tired of the Anambra FA unending crisis. Football is universal and we have concluded our arrangements to move our activities from next season to Delta where
the FA works.
“Bad officiating is also bane of Nigerian football and it has stripped football in the country of quality. That is why we are on a reverse gear,” he said.
Ilogbune Okoye, the Chairman, Anambra FA Normalisation Committee, said he was surprised that the club’s chairman was complaining of harsh treatment, when he had yet to approach the FA to clear himself.
Okoye said that the Redoubtable had largely complied with the sanctions by not fielding the indicted players in the final match of the competition and wondered why he would now renege.
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