The Nigeria Professional Football League season 2017 started on a disappointing note after FC Ifeanyi Ubah abandoned the opening game early in the second half, with hosts Kano Pillars leading 1-0.
FIFA-badged referee Folashade Ajayi appeared to be overwhelmed by the intensity of the occasion as she made several questionable calls to the dismay of Ifeanyi Ubah players. One of which was when Ifeanyi Ubah appeared to have equalized from a free kick late in the first half, only for the goal to be disallowed by the refereee. The Nnewi outfit opted to walk out on the game apparently from an order from a top club official.
Reacting to the outcome, Pillars Coach, Kadiri Ikhana said “This is a disgrace, but we must commend the Kano fans that they did not allow hell to break loose as a result of Ifeanyi Ubah abandoning this game.”
Kano Governor Ganduje, chairman of the League Management Company (LMC) Shehu Dikko as well as several other dignitaries also witnessed how the game was brought to an abrupt end at the Sani Abacha Stadium.